Using forty-five interviews with former members and sympathisers, this book traces the development of the Women's section of the Franco government from its roots in the Spanish fascist party to its role in the dictatorship up to 1959. The study reveals that despite its anti-feminist agenda, the section was, in some areas, a catalyst for women's emancipation in post-Franco Spain.
Kathleen Richmond is assistant headteacher at Sandown High School on the Isle of Wight, where she has taught A Level Spanish for many years. She has close ties with Salamanca, where she first became interested in the Civil War and the issue of women in the Franco regime. In 2000, she completed a Ph.D at the University of Southampton, fulfilling a long-held ambition to carry out research. Further work on Sección Femeniña and the writing of this book have followed and she continues to spend as much time as possible in Spain.