Debbie Bartlett What Happened today?
February 16th 1962 was a very important date for women in Spain; on that day the official state bulletin, known as the BOE, published a decree from the Ministry of Work which granted women equal rights to men in the workplace. This was a major ... step forward, because women had lost many rights after the Civil War. Huge progress had been made during the Second Republic, which lasted from 1931 until the Civil War began in 1936: women were accorded full legal status, Spain became one of the first ... work, irrespective of gender. However, when the Franco dictatorship began in 1939, many of those rights were withdrawn. Numerous laws were abolished, with strong support from the Catholic Church, including those regarding civil marriage and divorce.