Vilma Espín (1930-2007)
is an important figure in Cuban history and politics, often referred to as ‘Cuba’s
First Lady’. She was a leading revolutionary against the dictatorship against
Fulgencio Batista, as well as a guerilla fighter for the cause.
In addition to her military and political work, she was one of the first
women in Cuba to study chemical engineering. She was President of the
Federation of Cuban Women from 1960 until her death and led the national
delegation in multiple conferences related to women’s rights.