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Presentation of the first volume of Spanish women to be discovered

PhotoManuelCastells/From left to right: Pablo Pérez López, Leticia Espinosa de los Monteros and María Cruz Díaz de Terán.

Leticia Espinosa de los Monteros, president of the Círculo de Orellana, has presented the first volume of Semblanzas Españolas por descubrir at the seminar roomof the groupof researchen Historia Reciente (GIHRE) of the University of Navarra. The book gathers twelve short biographies which are the first resultof the monthly conferences on Women's History organised by the Círculo de Orellana and the high school Cervantes in Madrid.

goalThe Círculo de Orellana was born in 2015 as a non-profit organisation associationwith the aim of bringing together women interested in sharing their experiences and disseminating female talent. In 2020 it was recognised as an entity of public interest and, in alliance with high schoolCervantes, it is the driving force behind a lecture seriesthat has reached 52 sessions so far. These events, which are designed to be informative, seek to put the role of women in public life into perspective. The programme has been finding women in the history of Spain who, through their achievements, dreams and efforts, constitute a modelof citizen participation. The resultare colloquiums in which, in addition to those interested in a biographical history that is as rigorous as it is entertaining, relatives of the women protagonists will be present to offer their testimony. Professor Pablo Pérez López, who introduced the president of the Círculo de Orellana at seminar roomof the GIHRE, highlighted the initiative as a step forward in a question that still worries historians: what is the right question to ask in order to know the role of women in history?

This first volume of Españolas por descubrir, which begins a collection, brings together lectures on women such as Catalina de Aragón, Anita Delgado, Lilí Álvarez, Emilia Pardo-Bazán and Gala, at position, respectively, by Almudena de Arteaga, Javier Moro, Antonio Garrigues Walker, Darío Villanueva and Estrella de Diego. Another of the protagonists of this volume is María Luisa Elío from Navarre, presented by Manuel Hidalgo. To her and her husband, Jomi García Ascot, awardNobel Prize winner García Márquez dedicated his famous One Hundred Years of Solitude. In total, together with the profiles of Isabel Barreto (Elvira Roca), Constancia de la Mora (Soledad Fox) and Conchita Montes (Eduardo Torres-Dulce), the book is made up of nine chapters which, in an attempt to go beyond a mere transcription of the lectures, presented in the form of a summary, recommend further reading and even a film.