The Foundation celebrates, on January 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm at the Ateneo de Madrid, the 6th Annual Conference coordinated by the Doctor in Journalism, Alicia Gómez Montano.
“The Women’s Century: Advances for a more egalitarian world”, is the title chosen for the 2019 Conference where we will try to elucidate the different aspects that have led to the feminist revolution that we have been experiencing since the end of 2017 which unlike previous ones, crosses many social layers. In the words of Gómez Montano: “It is a transversal movement that has surprised all parties and one that is changing behavior, legislation, labor relations and even languages.”
To this end, the Canis Majoris Foundation has counted on three exceptional speakers who have had and still have a fundamental role in this movement.
Laura Freixas, writer, will be the first speaker of the VI Annual Conference, who, under the title of “Culture, A pending subject” wll explain how feminism , from its beginnings at the end of the 18th century, set three objectives that it believed necessary and sufficient for real equality: educational equality, political equality (the vote) and legal equality (access to the professions, the right to property, to parental authority , etc). Having obtained all of these, we remainl far from real equality between women and men. What is the missing piece? Without a doubt, culture. We will hardly achieve real equality when the imaginary, which culture nourishes and education reproduces, continues repeating, naturalizing and legitimizing the domination of men over women.
Laura Freixas, a native of Barcelona, has published stories, novels, essays and autobiography, has been an editor, literary critic and translator. She coordinated and prefaced the anthology of stories Madres e hijas (Mothers and daughters) in 1996. She is a columnist for La Vanguardia (Spanish daily)and collaborates occasionally in other media, such as El País (Spanish daily). She imparts courses and conferences in Spanish and foreign institutions. She has been a visiting professor at several British Universities (Nottingham, Liverpool, Saint-Andrews …) and American Universities (Virginia, Dartmouth, Illinois, Syracuse …). After having chaired the association for gender equality in Clasicas y Modernas culture (gender equality association) since its founding in 2009 until 2017, she is now its Honorary President. Among her most recent works are ” Los otros son más felices” (The others are happier) (2011), “The collection of essays titled, “The silence of mothers and other reflections on women in culture” (2015), and two volumes of her journal: ” Un mundo subterráneo ” (An underground life) 1991-1994 (2013) and “Todos llevan máscara ” (Everyone wears a mask). Journal 1995-1996 “(2018).