Wilma, fearless and tender

When I was young, I was very diligent. His friends said he liked to solve problems; Only her love of mathematics led her to enroll in chemical engineering, a specialty that in her time was the exclusive prerogative of men.

Her warm and gentle voice made her the soloist of the university choir, and her love of sports made her the captain of the Oriente University volleyball team.

He loved ballet as much as he did the carnival in Santiago, and he hated platitudes, lies. “We thought that people were worth their values ​​not because of their economic and social status,” her eternal companion of her university years, Asela de los Santos, said of her.

Born in Santiago of Heroes and Carnivals on April 7, 1930, she was a brave and loving girl who shared her experience of tree climbing as well as French lessons with her neighbors.

A lanky teenager with elegant manners, in love with science. A transgressive girl who went to university “to contribute to the country’s technological future”; a young woman who pushed hard to formalize the center of higher education that the region needed, who, faced with the sad news that Batista had come to power, understood, decided that “the time had come.”

“I had to do it in those days,” he once said. She did a lot and in different ways, but her main vocation was revolutionary.

She was a student leader who printed and distributed flyers with poems by José María Heredia “so that the populace can read the call for freedom from the beauty of poetry”; a secret leader who had the courage to challenge a bloodthirsty henchman to the face, in the name of mourning for mothers; a friend who overcame the pain of losing his boss: “I ordered him to put on a uniform with the rank of colonel”, and a partisan who is able to soften the difficult days of bush and gunpowder in the mountains of the Second Front with a bunch of old Cuban songs

With the same strength that the army faced on the plain or in the Sierra, it rose up against centuries of discrimination and prejudice against women after the triumph of the 1st. January, a more difficult battle than the libertarian struggle.

By his example, he showed that the house and the revolution are incompatible; He translated his ideas of a true culture of equality into laws, institutions, projects, and was the soul of the Cuban family.

Nothing was foreign to her, from comfortable clothes and the right chair that children had to wear in kindergarten, to changing the story of a discriminated cabaret dancer; Raise the causes of women revolutionaries in the highest international forum and listen in detail to the last will of a comrade.

Cheerful, humane, sincere and consistent: an example until the end of his days. This is how the trail of the heroine of the Sierra y el Llano, Vilma Espin Guillois, reaches us, just as we celebrate her 93rd birthday.

With her walk, she left us a beautiful model of a woman: serenity turned into a smile, care for details and the will to big and small; a woman who knew how to be the daughter of her time.

His fearless and subtle footprint is an inspiration to today’s Cubans.

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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