The Cuban Revolution: A Prostitute Remembers

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The Cuban Revolution was the turning point from dictatorship to communism. It was a civil war that lasted three years, beginning on December 2, 1956 and ending on January 2, 1959. The guerilla forces led by Fidel Castro, fought to defeat the army and Fulgencio Batista, Cuba's current dictator of that time. Sailing from Mexico, where he was exiled, to Las Coloradas beach, Cuba, Fidel Castro, his brother Raul, and their small militia shared the goal of conquering Batista. Although Castro and his men were defeated during the first altercation, his surviving men escaped to the jungles of Sierra Maestra where they recruited and recuperated. In the meantime, Castro kept busy, filling small Cuban towns with tons of propaganda, suggesting he wants to better the lives of …show more content…
"In 1943, women comprised only ten percent of this [work] force," (Julia Marie Bunck). Women were seen as inferior to men and as a result, their time was spent doing house chores and taking care of the family and disabled. In order to bring in any form of money, women in the city were either maids or prostitutes and several women in rural areas worked in agriculture. In the short piece, "A Prostitute Remembers," we, as readers, learn about the lifestyle many Cuban women abided by in order to make money. Women had no choice in the field they wanted to work and the most common job became prostitution. "I dreamed of getting out of the brothel and working at a decent job. I wanted to study. I wanted to be somebody. But that was before the revolution - and there was no hope of any such thing," (Lewis, Lewis, & Rigdon, 263). This piece illustrates the poor living conditions women faced and the extremes they had to turn to in order to make a living. This underprivileged prostitute, resorted to alcohol and drugs to cope with the gruesome jobs each day, at the age of only seventeen. Cuban women were not treated as equals in any form and instead were

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