Laura Borràs elected Parliament speaker

Laura Borràs will be the new Catalan Parliament speaker for the new term that began on Friday, the 13th of the institution since its restoration in 1980. She was elected by 64 votes in favour out of 135, with 50 MPs voting for the Socialist candidate, Eva Granados. The session also included the oath of all 135 new MPs.

Borràs has become the third woman to hold the post after Núria de Gispert and Carme Forcadell – the latter of whom is currently serving a decade-long prison sentence for allowing a referendum bill be passed in parliament in 2017 and for her role in the independence push.

The whole article on this election with background information on Laura Borràs can be found on CatalanNews.

Photo by Job Vermeulen

Struggle for women’s vote in Catalonia

The feminist movement in 19th century Catalonia and Spain was strongly linked to the suffrage movements in the Anglosaxon countries.

In these movements two currents can be discerned: the moderate one which thought the vote would end inequality between the sexes, and the more radical one which not only wanted the vote, but also demanded changes within the family, work, sexuality, etc. considering the vote necessary but not enough.

In Spain the feminist movement started in the spirit of the moderate version due to the cultural importance of ideologies concerning roles within the family and the importance of the Church. Therefore at the beginning of the first half of the 20th century Catalan middle class figures were more linked to social catholicism than to feminism.

Two of the principal actors were author and promotor of better working conditions for women Dolors Monserdà (1845-1919) and educator and promotor of female education Francesca Bonnemaison (1872-1949).

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