SPA417 The History of Women in Spain (Fall, Spring)

Taught in Spanish. Approaching the history of women in Spain always demands a look into the past: into the Muslim, Jewish and Christian societies of the Middle Ages, and also into the 16th to 18th centuries, when the model of woman and Catholic family was shaped that would endure into the 20th century. But the approach to the history of women in Spain requires also analyzing the hard path to equality — the struggle for the recognition of the rights of Spanish women in the 19th and 20th centuries. One hundred years of work to improve women’s rights, through the Second Spanish Republic and the setbacks of Francoism, concluded in Article 14 of the Constitution of 1978 in which equality was formally established. But this is not the end of the story, and leads us to a great question: Does formal equality mean real equality in the present? We’ll draw a portrait of Spanish women in the 21st century, their roles in jobs, family, education, image, society, religion, etc., in order to provide some answers.

Meets with HST/WGS 417.

Pre-req: SPA 202, four semesters of college-level Spanish, or the equivalent

Department: Spanish

Location: Madrid

Semesters: Fall, Spring

Credits: 3