….. We understand history as part of the collective social heritage. What does this mean? It means that to a certain extent history belongs to us, the history of a people belongs to its inhabitants who are the ones who build it day by day, who write it with their actions, forms, ways, uses and customs.

All this conglomerate of things is part of the historical framework of a community, of a country, of a territory — of a continent. And, within this historical framework we are women, “the weaker sex” as we have been stereotyped for centuries. Yet, there are still some who refuse to abandon the blunt definition of our being. If we take a brief look at the history of women, wherever they are, we can say with certainty that it has not been generous to us.

On the contrary, women have been neglected in the eyes of history. If it were up to some historians, we would be something like a kind of strange being fallen from beyond whose destiny on this earth is, was and will be to serve the STRONG sex, submissive and silenced, subjected to the desires of those who possess us, watching the important events of history pass by without having any influence on them, simply as mere spectators. Nevertheless, there were those who had the lucidity to ask themselves if this limited vision of women had been so much so…..

And while there are those who once dared to say “that history is written by those who win”, there were also those who, daring and curious, bet on reversing such a statement. And in an effort to find the other side of the coin, they began to give shape to the hidden history of those women who were a fundamental part of the processes of reconstruction of the homeland, of societies, of cities, of peoples…..

From here we will try to rescue those stories that belong to us, to return to history with a different look from the hegemonic one, so that they can help us to understand our present, because it is by reviewing the past that we can come to understand our reality and focus on the future. This is the challenge, to begin to know our women. Those who from anonymity fought and continue to fight to make our country a place for everyone.

NACHA ROCA…. One more of the “Weak Sex”.

(Argentina, 2004)

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