Tag: A Coruña
Last night on my Twitter feed, there were some big discussions about lesbians and feminism in Spain. I can’t really weigh into those debates in Spanish but what I can do is compile a history from various documents I have about lesbians and feminism in Spain. This piece is not very cohesive because what it […]
As Spain left the Enlightenment period and proceeded into the nineteenth century, a change in cultural attitudes around homosexuality began to take place because of advances in science, philosophy and politics; this resulting in people more generally beginning to advocate for increased human rights across the whole of Spanish society. Despite this, women were often left out of these conversations and Spanish feminism was still in its infancy. Feminism was at its most successful among middle class and upper class Spanish women; poor and working women were often ignored, and literacy rates and educational opportunities for these women continued to largely be non-existent. They were still culturally assumed to be required to remain in the house, and had fewer opportunities to participate in new labor organization movements that were springing up around the country, even in sectors like tobacco where women dominated in terms of workforce numbers.