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Acknowledgments The research for this book was conducted with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed are my own and in no way reflect the official opinion of the European Union. A special thank-you goes to Kristina Gardell, the first EU official to recognize the importance of studying gender in Cuba. Gardell was instrumental in the awarding of the EU grant. The successors in her position—Anne Caudron, Daniela Rofi, and Angelina Heerens— have also been very helpful. I also acknowledge the substantial support provided by my home institution , Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Xi Chen, my diligent research assistant, deserves particular praise, as does Kim Hedge, my executive assistant who formatted the manuscript. Furthermore, I am grateful to the Institute of Latin American Studies in Vienna, Austria, where I was affiliated during 2001–2002. The institute shared responsibility for the financial management of the project. Most importantly, I would not have been able to complete this research project without the generous assistance of many Cubans who shared their views with me. I am deeply appreciative of the confidence and the many signs of friendship that I have received. I am particularly indebted to Ricardo Alarcón and his office staff at the National Assembly. Ada Martínez, in particular, went beyond the call of duty to arrange interviews for me. I express my admiration for Sonia Moro, whose critical mind and love for the revolution embodies the best Cuba has to offer. My wife, Jane, and my son, Carl David, share my love for Cuba. We traveled together on the island and experienced its remarkable people together. Our joint affection for the many inspirational accomplishments of the revolution has sustained me in the completion of this project. Seven years ago, at the age of eight, Carl David wrote an unprompted “letter to the editor” to the local newspaper. This published letter advocated the return of Elián González to Cuba to be with his father. I hope my son will see the day when North American and Cuban children can freely travel between their countries and learn from one another. I am greatly indebted to the editors and anonymous reviewers of Politics and Gender, who were the first to provide comments on my Cuba materials. Their insights and constructive comments greatly strengthened my analysis. Similarly, Lorraine Bayard de Volo and Julie Shayne, who reviewed the manu- script for the University Press of Florida, deserve substantial credit for their excellent suggestions on improving the final draft. A final thank you goes to series editor John Kirk for his helpful comments. Most of the material in chapter 4 originally appeared in “Party and State in Cuba: Gender Equality in Political Decision-making,” Politics and Gender 1, no. 2 (2005). Several passages from chapter 2 and 3 were published in that same article. Several paragraphs from the preface, as well as from chapter 1 and 2, were previously published in After the Revolution: Gender and Democracy in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001). The material is protected by copyright and is used here by permission from the publishers. xxiv / Acknowledgments ...


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