A commemorative exhibition of the International Day of Working Women

Women and work in Alcoy

Mutua Levante Foundation commemorates the International Day of Working Women with a photographic exhibition. The images claim the historical role of women in the recognition of labour rights. The photographs show different moments from the beginning of the 20th century in which women have been the protagonists. Shops, markets, food industry, paper and, of course, textiles. In addition, this visual journey testifies to the progressive access of women to new work environments: teachers, nurses, administrators, telephone operators, journalists, or radio announcers.

The Industrial Revolution in Alcoy was largely based on a high exploitation of labour, of which a large part was female. Women occupied workshops, factories and spaces that had traditionally been restricted to them, thus breaking the taboos of a society dominated by the masculine. The main images of this exhibition are only a small part and its aim is to pay tribute to the heroines, often silenced, of a transformation that is still underway. The photographs have been provided by Fototeca Municipal d’Alcoi, Aceitunas La Española, Aceitunas El Serpis, Ricardo Canalejas, Carlos Coloma, Paco Grau, Mª Carmen Hernández, Radio Alcoy, Loli Sabido, and Foto Valero. The exhibition may be visited until March 28 at the space of the Mutua Levante Foundation (Plaza de España 15, Alcoy) in the morning from Monday to Friday (10:00 am to 2:00 pm), or in the afternoon from Monday to Saturday (6:00 pm to 21:pm).

As a complementary activity, on March 15, at 7:30 pm., the round table “Working Women: past and present” will be held. There, the challenges that still need to be completed will be discussed. The discussion will be proposed, starting from the experience of the three speakers, about the difficulties to build a society in which equality is real between men and women.

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