“Nicaragua Must Survive”
La Asociación de Mujeres Nicaragüenses “Luisa Amanda Espinoza” [AMNLAE]
Offset, ca. 1985
Soon after the 1979 overthrow of the U.S. backed Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), the Reagan administration formed a mercenary army called the Contras (Counter-Revolutionaries), to destroy the schools, health clinics and agricultural cooperatives supported by the FSLN. This poster of a Sandinista militia member nursing her child was widely reproduced internationally. It was prominent in the Let Nicaragua Live campaign to send construction materials, school supplies, seeds tools and medical equipment to Nicaragua in the 1980s, to help counter the destruction caused by the Contras. The Sandinista Revolution was marked by an unprecedented level of women’s participation. By 1987, it was reported that 67% of active members in the popular militia and 80% of guards—an estimated 50,000 nationwide—were women.