The Other Education: Public Community Spaces for Women (Contemporary Latin America and Spain) (Panel)

Spanish/Portuguese / Women's and Gender Studies

Lorena Paz López (Graduate Center, CUNY)

Isabel Murcia (SUNY Stony Brook University)

Women's access to education has been one of the historical demands of feminism in the struggle for equality and improvement in their living conditions. Despite their dedication to their home and family, women's education has been a priority since the 19th century, although always oriented to their role as mothers and housewives. In the second half of the century, both in Spain and in Latin American countries, women were gradually incorporated into the educational system. Their education was even considered as a means of avoiding prostitution, as advocated by the Peruvian Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera and the Spaniard Matilde Cherner. However, this incorporation was not enough and, as a consequence, women created alternative training spaces that gave rise to "the other education" in addition to formal education.

In this panel we want to address this less explored educational scenario, which we will call "the other education" and which went beyond the traditional institutional spaces (schools, institutes, universities) through the creation of associations such as the Lyceum Club or the Asociación Femenina de Educación Cívica in Spain, or the Consejo Nacional de la Mujer en Argentina. Within "the other education" there is room for the consumption of radio programs, conferences and the press aimed at a female audience in the Hispanic sphere as well as other links capable of creating the interlocution of women on both sides of the Atlantic. The importance of these encounters lies not so much in the mere transmission of knowledge, but in the development of public community spaces that will have a special impact on the creation and consolidation of a female community. What impact did this kind of interaction have on women? What relationship do these scenarios have with female emancipation? What did "the other education" consist of?

This panel addresses educational scenarios for women beyond traditional institutional spaces. Within "the other education" is room for consumption of radio programs, conferences, and the press aimed at a female audience in the Hispanic sphere as well as other links capable of creating transatlantic interlocution of women.