Federica Montseny was a renowned leader of Spanish anarchism, a political and philosophical movement that sought to establish a stateless, classless society. She was the first female cabinet minister in Spain and an outspoken advocate for women’s emancipation. Her writings were banned during Franco’s dictatorship (1939-1975), but she later regained both popular and academic attention.

Born in Madrid in 1905, Montseny was the only surviving child of the well-known anarchist activists Juan Montseny (1864-1942, alias Federico Urales) and Teresa Mañé (1865-1939, alias Soledad Gustavo), founders of the influential La Revista Blanca [The White Journal], a mouthpiece for anarchist (or libertarian) culture in Spain during its first publication period (1898-1905). The political philosophy of

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Citation: Cruz Cámara, Nuria. "Federica Montseny". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 May 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14022, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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