In the 20th century, millions of men from almost every nation in the world were recruited to fight in World War II. They would leave behind their homes and families, but also millions of jobs.
Factories, agriculture and production centers for the war industry desperately needed labor to keep countries safe from an economic collapse. But, who could do it?
It was necessary that women left homes and took over production. The patriarchate had no qualms then to see the women take the public space and factories wrapped in work overalls. It was not frowned upon to carry weight, to sweat or get dirty. It was accepted that they learned to fix cars, build airplanes or work as lumberjacks.
After the war was over, men returned home, willing to regain their social and economic status. And women were “forced” to go back home, abandoning the autonomy gained through their work. And, do the personal and economic development of women matter when it conflicts with men rights?
What happened during and after World War II are not isolated events: women have seen throughout history how their ideas or their work have been invisible, less recognized and remunerated than those of men.
To all women, scientists, thinkers, artists, creatives, travelers, writers, factory workers, farmers… To all women, this collection is dedicated to us.
Special thanks to Lucía Clemente for her contribution