Celebrate People's History: Mujeres Libres

Cristy Road
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
June 2004
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
A black and white image of a woman holding up a red and black flag that reads "C.N.T." The background of the image is a muted pink and there is a white bar at the top that reads "Las Mujeres Libres" and "Celebrate People's History" below it. There is black text at the bottom that reads: “During an era of extreme gender division in Spain, women’s freedom was severely restricted. In response to the women’s situation, two groups of anarchist women in Barcelona and Madrid had begun organizing two years before the revolution. In preparation for the revolution, they built up a network of women activists which would soon merge to form the Mujeres Libres (Free Women) organization in September 1936. Over 30,000 of Las Mujeres Libres advocated the alliance of women and the anarchist movement, involved more women in the CNT (Confederacion Nacional de Trabojo, the anarchist-syndicalist trade union), and raised consciousness and education to “free herself from triple enslavement: her enslavement to ignorance, her enslavement as a producer, and her enslavement as a woman.” The social revolution in Spain was made by people, like Las Mujeres Libres, who pressed for radical changes in an oppressive, conformist society.”
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.