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Twitter Profiles - Cuban Revolutionaries

@Castroscuba

Haydee Santamaria

Vilma Espin

Melba Hernandez

Celia Sanchez

• 30.12.1922 – 28.07.1980
• Took part in attack of Moncada barracks that became known as 26th July movement (1953) , captured and held for 7 months
• Joined Sierra Maestra camp after release
• Founded Casa de las Americas (organisation that aimed to develop relations between countries in S. America and Caribbean) 4 months after revolution
• 1965 became 1 of 5 women in 100-member Central Committee of party
• 1976 became member of the Council of State
• Was serving as director of Cuba’s cultural centre and state publishing house at time of death
• Committed suicide



• She grew up in relative affluence, received good education, provided her with cover and connections for joining 26th of July movement
• Founder of movement in Manzanillo (1952), the first female guerilla of the Sierra Maestra
• Organised and planned the landing of the Granma and was in charge of revolutionary projects such as the “re-education” of the families of anti-Castro insurgents
• Later became secretary to the presidency of the Council of Ministers, worked in the Department of Services of the Council of State
• Revealed to Cuban society that women are capable of having jobs involving physical labour and could assume leadership roles

• 28.7.1921-09.03.2014
• 1953 Participated in the attack on the Moncada barracks
• Obtained 100 uniforms for Castro’s soldiers for the revolution
• Jailed following 1953 failed attack
• Organized support rallies for those who were still jailed
• Whilst Castro was in jail, distributed Castro’s writings
o Gave him instructions helping with 26 July movement
• Helped organise Guerilla army in Mexico
• 1956 joined Rebel Army in the Third Front Mario Monroy
• Secretary General for the Solidarity of the Peoples of Asia, Africa, and Latin America
• Served as Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam

Defied

Defied noms becoming 2nd

Defied norms - 2nd woman to get chemical engineering degree at University

Wrote, printed + distributed criticism of Batista while at university
Part of the 1956 Santiago Uprising (Oriente Province): distracted+ tied up oppositional troops while rebels landed in Manzanilla
Before returning to Cuba after studying at MIT, met with Castro brothers who were in exile in Mexico; acted as a messenger collecting information detailing their intentions to return to Cuba to defeat Batista
After Landing of the Granma (Dec. 1956) Espin transported recruits for 26th July Movement to be trained in guerrilla warfare, used her gender to conduct her duties undetected
Member of Mariana Grajales Women's Platoon (Fidel Castro’s personal security+ translators for US journalists travelling to Cuba to write about rebel movement)
Founded+ President of Federation of Cuban Woman (FMC): encouraged women to join workforce, educated women on family planning, established maternity homes for women with high-risk pregnancies
Most politically powerful woman in Cuba: First Lady for 45 years, Member of Central Committee of Cuban Communist Party & Cuban Council of State Parliament

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