Sack Lunch Seminar: Women in the Spanish Civil War
- Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
- Strand Union Building - view map
Sack Lunch Seminar, March 8, Noon- 1 p.m., SUB 168
Women in the Spanish Civil War—by MSU Professor John Patrick Thompson
The most radical feminist revolution in the history of human kind occurred in Spain in 1936. When the fascists rose up against the Spanish Second Republic in 1936, an anarchist revolution broke loose in Catalonia and Aragon. Women demanded to be a part of the revolution in order to have equal rights after the revolution. But fascism won the war and murdered hundreds of thousands, still disappeared. The Franco dictatorship was supported by the U.S. and lasted until 1977. The Amnesty Law, passed the same year, held no one accountable for political crimes, thus fascists continued to form part of the system. This is the reason why today there is no far right wing party in Spain; fascist ideology is ensconced in the supposedly center right Partido Popular (PP). After explaining women’s revolutionary role in the Second Republic and Civil War, MSU professor John Thompson will discuss the annihilation of women’s rights during the dictatorship; and point out the profoundly misogynistic elements of the PP, which is the current governing party.