Time must never forget the women of Puerto de la Cruz
In recent years, we have developed different approaches to the study of the role of women played in various aspects of everyday life.
This was a major contribution which had gone unnoticed by historiography dominated by the study of man, for a long time, reducing the study of women to just a few cases that stand out (in many cases) for their names being linked to their husbands.
In this vein, such studies of women generally have increased in the Canaries over the decades, highlighting various investigations that have approached the study of the Canary women from different perspectives.
Carmen Rosa Hernández Garcia and Elsa Armas Carrillo did a work of great value to understand the role of women in the history of the Tenerife town of Puerto de la Cruz, in response to the activities developed by them in different fields.
Thus, in the pages of this study, we see women dedicated to teaching or nursing. It highlights the important role played by the fish vendors, who moved out of town to distribute their products and get income or exchange it for other foods.
Domestic service would be another function, and the important work they developed as seamstresses, carers, etc.
In their work, “The Portuenses workers: the love of a job well done” , Carmen Rosa and Elsa collected the names of 270 women whose biographies reflect the work developed by the portuenses in the past, and the women whose names history has forgotten.
Fortunately, the testimony of the protagonists or relatives have helped to preserve their memory and from this, we are able to rebuild and learn about the experiences of women who under difficult circumstances, managed to raise their families in the context of migration and the complex economic situation created in the Canaries after the Civil War.
In short, it is a work of great importance to know and learn the work of many women in the past and whose knowledge serves as an example to value and recognise the value over time, unjustly condemned to oblivion.
History and memories that combine to allow us to evaluate a role that often remains hidden or silenced by historiography.