Women's education, empowerment and rural innovation

Ana María Porto Castro, Montserrat Villarino Pérez, Mireia Baylina Ferré, Maria Dolors García Ramón, Isabel Salamaña Serra

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In the context of a rural space, educated women initiate innovative projects. Their initiative is important not only for the practices they develop and for the effects they generate in the area but also because they achieve the permanence of a particular social group that has been threatened since decades. Their projects show ideas, knowledge, information, strategy, organizational skills, high work capacity and social networks. In their ability to initiate professional projects, education and training become crucial resources. Their knowledge empowers them as professional women and enables them to overcome barriers of gender and class. This article tries to delve into the role of education in the lives of professional rural women in Galicia and Catalonia and to examine how education may determine the revitalization of these areas.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBoletin de la Asociacion de Geografos Espanoles
Issue number68
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Education
  • Gender
  • Innovation
  • Rural space


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