3 Women May Lead Post-Castro Cuba
As depicted in the above photo, young Marta Rojas introduced Fidel Castro for his very first television address in 1959. She also knows what he had for dinner last night. After I returned from Cuba and just before the publication of my biography of Celia Sanchez, Marta Rojas told me via e-mail in 2005: "Since Celia died of cancer in 1980, Fidel has ruled Cuba only as he perceives Celia would want him to rule it." (Yes, I still have that e-mail). Re-reading that sentence from Marta reminds me of why three women -- Josefina, Gladys, and Leira -- are currently positioned ahead of any men on the island (or in Miami) to be the post-Castro leaders of Cuba.
(Photo courtesy: Bra Silia/Reuters)