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March 10, 2021

Cuban Ladies in the 1990s Through Amazing Photos

In Cuba, women have equal constitutional rights as men in the economic, political, cultural and social fields, as well as in the family.


Along with Afro-Cuban women, women in Cuba, formerly a marginalized group, were able to gain higher educational levels and equal advancements in their respective careers. The 1975 Family Code was designed to allow Cuban women to share the household duties fairly with their spouses. Job opportunities were available in the cities and as a result, many Cuban women left the countryside to work and live in the cities.

Since the “Special Period in the Times of Peace” in the 1990s, women have stepped to the forefront of life in Cuba, calling for a step towards an existence without sexism. Sexism in Cuba goes hand in hand with the racism experienced by Afro-Cubans. Black women receive the lowest paying jobs and have the highest rates of unemployment and the lowest education levels. They often live with the threat of gender violence. 

Even though Cuban women achieved a lot of parity during the Cuban Revolution, there was still a lot of disparity prevalent in Cuban society.

These fabulous photos from Michael G Spafford that captured beautiful portraits of women in Havana in 1994.


































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