Cuban women’s history finds a place in the US publishing house

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The US imprint The New Press today added the book In Search of a Space: A History of Women in Cuba by the Cuban writer Julio César González-Pagés to its extensive catalog.

The New York City-based company, recognized among the top 20 publishers in the North American nation, will publish a new edition of the volume in English that will open the doors to the feminist narrative of the Caribbean country to a wider readership.
Undoubtedly, “it is an opportunity to make visible the history of Cuban women, which is completely unknown not only in the largest of the Antilles, but also in the rest of the world,” admitted González-Pagés in an exclusive interview with Prensa Latina.

She also pointed out the importance of the project to praise the text, which was first published in 2003 by Cuban publisher Ciencias Sociales and has been republished twice since.

With that in mind, he stated that the volume is in the libraries of more than 50 universities that are leaders in gender and women’s studies, such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia in the US and the Complutense University of Madrid. Spain; among others the Colegio de México and the Sorbonne in Paris, France.

The historian also stated that the text incorporates a selection of documents on women’s suffrage used by the American institution to conjure up the effects of the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, seven decades after the declaration that propelled the suffrage movement.

In search of a space, filmmaker Marilyn Solaya inspired the production of the documentary of the same name and laid the foundation for the TODAS cultural project, which includes a series of actions aimed at raising awareness of the role of women in Cuban society and a feature film that plays in the first half of the 20th century.

According to Solaya, the approach to the research and its author who advised the project enabled them to learn about the contribution of great women to citizenship building with the approval of transcendental laws such as the rules for managing their property, parental authority, or divorce, the were considered heroic deeds in their time.

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