Luisa Capetillo

A Nation of Women
  • A Nation of Women

  • In 1915, Puerto Rican activist Luisa Capetillo was arrested for wearing men's trousers in public. This act of rebellion was the result of a lifelong devotion to socialist and feminist thought. And this zeal runs throughout her brilliant essays: in the challenges to big business, in her strident campaigning for the legalization of divorce, in the championing of 'free love'. At once a sharp critique and a celebration of world politics, A Nation of Women embraces humanism and envisions a world in which economic and social structures can be broken down, allowing both the worker and the woman to be free.

Luisa Capetillo (1879-1922) is one of Puerto Rico's most famous feminist and socialist activists. She was a labour organizer and in her writing campaigned for the equal rights of women, for free love, and for human emancipation.

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