08 Mar Do “Women” Exist?
In the second part of our International Women’s Day short reads, Celia de Anca analyzes what defines a “woman” and looks at how far we are from gender equality.
I’d like to start at the beginning.
What is a woman?
Let’s take a look at a definition from a Spanish etymological dictionary published in 1881, compiled by Roque Barcia, and from there, analyze what a woman was and what she is today, so as to glimpse what she will be tomorrow.
Woman: Rational creature of the female sex // the wife in relation to the husband. After a series of moralistic comments about how a woman should behave, Barcia ends with the expression: To be a woman, which means: when a girl has reached the state of menstruation.
In this definition we see the different, interrelated spheres that arise when we talk about women.
Keep on reading on https://www.ie.edu/insights/articles/do-women-exist/