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 ... countries in southern Europe to enfranchise women, abortion was legalised, adultery was no longer treated as a crime and women were given equal access to the labour market. Under the 1931 Pay Law, workers were granted the right to equal pay for the same