Discover what they haven’t told you about us
In the established tale of prehistoric societies, women have played a secondary role that science hasn’t bothered to understand and explain in depth until now, when feminism has asserted the essential role of women in history. The lives of certain women, our most ancient ancestors, have gone unnoticed and been silenced, but research into them is giving us essential keys to explain our present and better understand where we come from.
This stirring essay is a back-and-forth trip that begins in prehistory and reveals how the beginning of archeology in the nineteenth century as a scientific discipline affected perceptions of women and justified inequalities, a lack of freedom, even the rigid canon of female beauty.
As we return to the present day, the author brings us closer to those women and life in their societies. Were they really the ones who cared for their offspring? How much power and influence did they have in their tribes? What was motherhood and childrearing like? These are just some of the questions the author tries to shed light on with real examples and images.
What was the role of women in prehistory? It is time to shatter myths and uncover the essential contribution of our most ancient ancestors to better understand where we come from.
A book that shatters myths and leads readers to reflect on their origins and the essential contribution of the first women in history.
A fundamental work on women and prehistory that once more shines a spotlight on the silencing of women throughout history from a feminist point of view, this time in prehistoric societies.
This isn’t a book about prehistory. Or about women in prehistory. We’re off to a good start, you’ll tell me. Actually, this is a book about women today and about how history and archaeology have stuck us in less visible and marginal roles, how they’ve defined us and led us to assume these roles are true. The premise I intend to put forward is very simple: women have participated in social, political, economic and cultural life in all societies throughout history.
In this book you will find a series of reflections on how women have been hidden or stereotyped in prehistoric societies, the reasons behind this biased view of women and, above all, how archeology, a scientific discipline that has lent weight many ideas that have historically justified inequality, is a brilliant tool to resituate us, see us, know us.