The municipality of Colmenar Viejo in Madrid where María Dolores Gómez Molleda was born, paid tribute to her as a historian on the occasion of the centenary of her birth. This was part of the local programme of events and exhibitions for Women's Week.
The event was attended by around a hundred people and featured speeches by Antonio Gómez Espinosa de los Monteros, nephew of the honouree, Aurea de la Morena Bartolomé, Emeritus Professor of Art History, María Esther Martínez Quinteiro, a colleague of María Dolores’ at the University of Salamanca, and Álvaro Soto Carmona, also a historian.
Historian and pioneer
María Dolores Gómez Molleda, (15 September 1922 - 10 October 2017), a member of the Teresian Association, became professor of Contemporary World and Spanish History at the University of Santiago in 1967, the first woman professor in a faculty of History in Spain. She later moved to the chair in Salamanca and held the posts of vice-rector and acting rector at this university.
She won the National History Prize for her study entitled Los reformadores de la España contemporánea about reformers in modern Spain. She is the author of several dozen books, articles and papers. She was a member of the Royal Academy of History, among many other merits.
Her work on the 20th century in Spain covered subjects such as the Institución Libre de Enseñanza, Freemasonry, and Miguel de Unamuno whose House-Museum she directed.
As a member of the TA, her work was equally important. She participated actively and supported activities and projects related to the dissemination of culture and many other initiatives, always paving the way for other women.
For more than two decades she directed the critical edition of the writings of Pedro Poveda. She authored numerous publications as well as conferences and seminars on the founder of the Teresian Association and on the Catholic laity.
A group of TA members with the commemorative plaque together with the Town Councillor for Culture and Tourism.
At the end of the event, the Councillor for Culture and Tourism on the Colmenar Viejo Town Council, Rocío Cámara Pellón, presented María Dolores' nephew and Ana de Miguel (publisher) representing the TA, with plaques commemorating the occasion of this tribute.
For a detailed account of the event, visit the website of the TA in Spain by clicking here.
A recording of the event is available on YouTube.
Video and photos by Diego Pedrosa.
TA Translations Team.
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