To many Barcelona is an exciting city where you can spend many pleasant hours visiting the highlights and roaming its streets. But there is more to the city than this, as it is the capital of an interesting region, Catalonia, with boasts a rich past with moments of great power and culture.

Throughout the centuries Catalan women have made a mark on history, played a significant part in the society of their time, were aces in their trade or had a considerable influence in politics or other spheres. Unfortunately, little is known about them nowadays.

This blog wants to honor those women by painting their portraits in words and illustrations. They have very interesting stories to tell and through them we learn about the culture and history of a region that has known an eventful past, Catalonia (Spain).

I have been a Catalanophile since the 70s and have been studying the language and culture of Catalonia ever since. In those years I have come across a lot of unusual and fascinating women to whom very few history books were dedicated. Luckily things are changing now, so that more sources become available.

How to use this blog
Although there is a lot of information available on the Internet and on paper, it is widely spread and has to be collected, studied and transformed in readable content. This is a new journey for me too, so I hope you want to join me in my search for data on these surprising women.

Every time I unearth a piece of information, I will publish an installment called after the woman in question. This can be text, an audio or video fragment, a quote, whatever I find.

If you want to follow the thread of one specific person, just click on her name in ‘Categories’ and you will find all the related posts and do some binge-reading.

For readers that travel to Catalonia I have created a page ‘Places of Interest’, where you can find buildings, statues or sites in general connected with one of the women. Via a link you can visit the relevant article providing you with more information.

I hope you enjoy this blog. Do not hesitate to contact me and surprise me with your comments and/or suggestions. You can send me an email via margademmers[at]

The presentation of the bilingual anthology of poetry written by women ‘Rebellie/Rebel·lió, October 2012. From left to right: Dolors Miquel and Mireia Calafell, two incredible Catalan poets, and me, the proud editor and translator.