Four witnesses at Chapters 8-AD

Four witnesses at Chapters 8-AD

As part of International Women's Day activities, on Tuesday about fifteen people came to the Youth Office for a roundtable Women in male studies and professions. A modern reflection on the world of work and all the stereotypes surrounding it.

The speakers were four women from Sabadell who broke the prejudices of their professions. How was your experience?

Carla Boada, DJ Nature

A few years ago, Buda, who graduated in anthropology, decided to change her life and dedicate herself to becoming a disc jockey, a profession that captivated her from the first moment. “I found what I really wanted to do in life,” he explains. Although it is becoming increasingly common to see women performing at parties, the Sabadell woman remembers that there is still a long way to go in this sector. “When people imagine going out to a party, the safest thing is to imagine there is a DJ in the room. I think we are slowly moving away from that vision, but there is still a lot of work to do.”

In this sense, Boada recalled some of the subtle masculine movements that occur in the everyday life of concerts. “Sometimes, I think we have extra pressure on stage, I feel like I have to make everything perfect so that no one thinks I'm there just because I'm a woman,” she laments. Any advice for younger women? Ignore the negative comments and start experiencing what really motivates them. “No one told us we could be like that DJBut the truth is, we can get a job that isn't Monday to Friday.”

Lola La Paz, film director, educator and writer

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“I've always really loved writing and I think it's very important to study what you like,” La Paz assures the audience. His career extends from teaching at the university to publishing various literary works, films and documentaries.

He explains that he is currently working on various projects aimed at restoring the legacy of artists who were forgotten due to the masculinity of their era. “When I was studying philology, I found that we hardly studied women writers,” says La Paz, who claims the creative talent of artists such as Gloria Fuertes from Madrid. The same applies to other fields such as cinema: “There are women's associations in this industry to show that we have references,” she says.

Lola Ache, industrial engineer

Achi is an industrial engineer and currently works in the field of renewable energy. He explains: “Engineering has opened many doors for me at the work level and also at the study level.” Although more and more women are studying science and technology-related degrees, the reality is that the disparity is still striking: only 20 percent of students are women. He explains that this social categorization is often reflected in the world of work.

“I have met men who were not interested in me even though they were projects I was directing myself. We need to start associating the fact that women have power and are experts in our fields. As much as I am a woman and a young man, I have responsibilities and knowledge that should not be questioned.”

In this sense, he asserts that “the lack of women in some sectors generates real problems.” Especially in a sector like engineering, where decisions end up affecting worldbuilding. “Not taking the perspective of half the population in these kinds of decisions is no small feat.”

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Celia Valdeberas, Celia, is a tattoo artist

Selya's (stage name) career has also taken a 180-degree turn recently. The Sabadell woman started training in the veterinary branch, but ended up betting on ink, one of her passions. “About two years ago I decided to make a change in my life. “Being a tattoo artist was a distant dream and I had kind of given up on it,” comments Celia Valdeperas.

If we take a look at the past, we will find that tattoo studios were dominated by men. Over the years, the number of female tattoo artists has also been increasing, although there are still differences in demand, says Valdeperas: “I have encountered prejudices mainly because of the style of tattooing. Because you are a woman, you seem to have devoted yourself only to making floral or soft tattoos.” This is not the case. I think many are still wondering about the possibility of getting another tattoo wide“.

Cover photo: The four speakers at the roundtable, moments before the event begins. Author: Jordi M.

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