Carmen Alborch, the feminist who became the first Minister of Culture of democracy

Related imageThe commitment to feminism and the passion for culture were the vital axis of Carmen Alborch, a cheerful and transgressive rebel who from her youth was involved in the struggle for equality and occupied spaces of power when it was strange to see women in those areas . The former socialist minister has died this Wednesday in Valencia.

Born on October 31, 1947 in a small town in the province of Valencia, Castelló de Rugat, being the oldest of four brothers forced to open roads -as she would so many times in her life- to those who always raised their hands in school. question what was explained.

Her time at the University of Valencia to study law, in whose faculty she would become dean at the age of 37, marked the life experience of a young woman who came to these classrooms at a time when it was strange for the girls to study that career, and that she felt fortunate to belong to the generation of ’68.

During his university he fought from activism and rebellion against dictatorship and democracy, and also discovered feminism when a companion lent him The Second Sex, by Simone de Beauvoir.

A feminism that, she confessed, changed her life and led her to become involved in the birth of the first women’s associations in the early seventies, which demanded the decriminalization of adultery, abortion or divorce, and to practice it with passion also from the spaces of power where he was.

Minister of Culture

Alborch entered politics in 1987, when he was about to go to New York to study intellectual property, the then Minister of Culture of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ciprià Císcar, called him to offer him the general direction of Culture, and decided to change the dean of the Faculty of Right by the Conselleria.

Shortly afterwards she started directing a museum that took her first steps, the Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM), where she supported the avant-gardes and left in 1993 to be the first Minister of Culture of democracy in the Executive of Felipe González in quality of independent, because it was not affiliated to the PSOE until the year 2000.

From that stage, in which there were those who qualified her as “pop minister” or “minister Almodóvar”, she recalled the murmurs that were awakened when she arrived at the Congress of Deputies with her reddish mane, a trait that would always accompany her, just like his wide smile.

Defeat against Barberá

After the socialist defeat of 1996, she chained several legislatures as a deputy and senator, and even in 2007 the PSPV-PSOE sought her out so that her popular tug would defeat a Rita Barberá who had been mayor for sixteen years in the mayor’s office of Valencia: an “effect Alborch “that was not achieved and that was a hard time for her.

In all his responsibilities he worked to advance in an equality where he still said, “the breaches and the hells”, and in fact confessed that the first and only time he cried in the Congress of Deputies was when the law was passed against gender violence of 2004.

He left the first line of politics after the general elections of 2016 and rejoined as honorary professor at the University of Valencia, where he returned to close a circle and unveiled one of his life lessons: “The deep secret of joy is the resistance” .

Author of several books dedicated to women and feminism, such as the trilogy formed by Solas, Malas and Libres, Carmen Alborch received numerous awards for her struggle for equality, and in recent months was the subject of several tributes.

Among them, on October 9, he collected the High Distinction of the Valencian Generalitat, where he claimed that feminism should be declared intangible heritage of humanity and confessed what would be his vital motivation “until the last breath and until the last day”: fight for making a better world.