THE UNTOLD STORY OF WOMEN'S ROLE durINg THE Spanish civil war

Last month marked the 80th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). In this article, we want to focus on the role of women during these years.  

Similar to WWII Britain, women during the Spanish Civil War took up the traditional roles of men when they had to go to war, such as manual labour in factories and agriculture. It was through this process that women for their own voice; forming collectives, as well as publishing cultural journals and newspapers.   

This involvement of women during the Spanish Civil War would empower them and therefore reinforce their importance beyond traditional roles within society. The following photographic accounts and propaganda posters from the time, are testament to that change. 

Militia women, Guadalajara. Image: Libcom Write here...

Militia women, Guadalajara. Image: Libcom

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Mechanic members of Mujeres Libres, the anarchist women's organisation. Image: Libcom

Mechanic members of Mujeres Libres, the anarchist women's organisation. Image: Libcom

Militia women, Madrid, 1937. Image: Entre Hilos y Cuerdas

Militia women, Madrid, 1937. Image: Entre Hilos y Cuerdas

Female Chauffeur of Valencia's Communist Regiment. Image: art.com

Female Chauffeur of Valencia's Communist Regiment. Image: art.com

Image: Civil War Advertisement

Image: Civil War Advertisement

Image: Civil War Advertisement

Image: Civil War Advertisement

Image: Civil War Advertisement

Image: Civil War Advertisement

Image: Alba Archives

Image: Alba Archives