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Federica Montseny

  • Birth 12 Feb 1905
  • Death 14 Jan 1994
  • Burial Toulouse, Departement de la Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France
  • Memorial ID 19492316

Politician, Author. Born in Madrid of Catalan parents, she became the first woman in Western Europe history to become a cabinet minister. She was elected Spain's Minister of Health in 1936, during the Second Spanish Republic. Montseny was a member of the anarchist trade union National Confederation of Trabajo (CNT) and a women's rights activist. She accomplished several reforms that included the introduction of sex education, family planning and the legalization of abortion. But at the end of the Spanish Civil War she was forced into exile and she fled to France. In 1942 she was imprisoned in Perigueux and Limoges during the Second World War and was not released until the liberation of France in 1944. Federica also developed a career as an essayist, novelist and journalist. Her works include "Mis Primeros Cuarenta Años" and "El Problema de los Sexos".

Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni


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  • Originally Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
  • Added: 22 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19492316
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Federica Montseny (12 Feb 1905–14 Jan 1994), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19492316, citing Cimetière de Rapas, Toulouse, Departement de la Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .