It is a deck designed to play diverse games but always with the aim of putting the focus on relevant women who have not made the headlines in history books, a review of the hierarchies of the past which is what is called herstory.
Each one of these 30 letters is illustrated by a woman, all members of the collective Authors of Comics, such as Olga Carmona who draws Mari Pepa Colomer, Ana Penyas to María Domínguez Remón, Cristina Durán to Dorotea Barnés González, Susanna Martín to Egeria or Natalia Carrero to Victoria Kent, just to give some examples among many others.
The Herstóricas collective is the driving force behind a cultural and educational project that makes visible and values the historical contribution of women in society and reflects on their absence from a feminist perspective. They do this through workshops, guided group walks and visits that rescue female references that question gender stereotypes, as well as the role assigned to women in the patriarchal system, promoting participation, debate and critical thinking.
This game is an extension of these activities but in the opposite sense: instead of going out to meet the activities of Herstóricas, this group offers a tool to take the same approaches inside homes, associations, schools or even the table of a cafeteria or the bus during a trip. The authors are aware that, despite the push of feminism and the work done by academia to advance knowledge of women's history, we all find it difficult to name several women who have been pioneers in their fields. This game helps to fill this gap and also to provide children with access to positive female references.
Herstóricas is a multidisciplinary team that comes from feminist activism. Its interest in women's history gave way to the need to vindicate them and make them visible and accessible through different projects that promote participation, debate and critical thinking. It is made up of historian and cultural mediator Sara López, social communicator Mariela Maitane, art historian and official tourist guide Ana Belén Moreno and heritage educator and interpreter Miriam Salgado.
Their most famous activity is walking in public spaces. They started doing them in London, visiting places that witnessed the actions of the Suffragettes. From there, they went on to do them in Granada and Madrid. In Granada they have followed the trail of women in domestic work, water spaces, markets, women's trades and the development of women's education, as well as the names of women artists, activists and writers. They look for the stories of women who do not have plaques or do not appear in textbooks. In Madrid, they have walked through the collective history of Vallecan women or, in another of their proposals, famous lesbians and bisexuals who have passed through the capital.
The Festival will have a private encounter using the Hackcamp format for a total of 30 people as well as a series of public conferences.