Ciencia y educación: Concepción Arenal y la mujer del siglo XIX

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The present communication aims to enunciate some of the answers that Concepción Arenal (1820-1893), forerunner of criminology and Spanish prison law, gave to positivist theses of Gall and Lombroso that positioned women as an intellectual and moral inferior being. This judgment about the feminine gender which stands as a compendium of the thought of the nineteenth century society’s, was discussed by the author throughout her works, whose main postulates constitute one of the first echoes against the inequality between men and women. The nineteenth century was in the Spanish context the beginning of Hispanic feminism which would boost the struggle against the anchored image of nineteenth-century women. The creed of woman’s inferiority would suppose a stumbling block that would have to be overcome so that women could have access to education and consequently to exercise of professions and offices that- like sciences- were reserved exclusively for men. Therefore, the voice of Concepción Arenal, humanitarian and dedicated was a claim for change that this communication wants to remember.
Original languageSpanish
Title of host publicationCongrés Dones, Ciència i Tecnologia WSCITECH19
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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