Essay on `` The Family Code `` By Margaret Randall

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The Revolution in Cuba brought about a new era of change in virtually every level of society. The Revolution was a complete restructuring of social order and represented a break from the former society. For women, the Revolution brought about new opportunities for advancement and social mobility. Women were able to become involved in state sanctioned campaigns such as the Literacy Campaign and their rights for equality were protected with the issuing of the Family Code. Margaret Randall’s “The Family Code” lays out the new benefits and protections that women received from the Revolution, but her account is in contrast to Elizabeth Dore’s interview with Alma Rivera, who continued to face gender discrimination while living in Havana in the post-Revolution era. The experience of women like Alma—who lived through the Revolution and was witness to the change it brought—demonstrates the conflicting narratives between the ideology of the party and the actual experience of the first generation of women who lived during the Family Code, in which women found support from the ideology of the party but continued to face gender harassment and discrimination. While the Revolution was radical for women, this was a trickle down radicalism that did not see immediate benefits for women. The Family Code was both a law and an educational tool implemented after the Revolution to protect women’s equality and ensure that men and women, particularly spouses, were equal to one another in social…

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