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50 years of the first female police officers in Castile and León… and only 10% of them are left.

Zamora (EFE).- Fifty years ago in Castile and León, the pace of the new era was marked by the inclusion of the first women in the local police. It was in Valladolid, where they were pioneers in the Community, a few months after they took the historic step towards equality in Madrid and Córdoba.

Half a century later, that shattered glass ceiling still maintains invisible barriers, data show: Women now make up barely 10 percent of local police in Castile and León (258 out of 2,501) and barely 5 percent of commanders (19). ). 415).

The Minister for the Environment, Housing and Spatial Planning, Juan Carlos Suárez Quiñones (2i), accompanied by the Minister for the Family and Equal Opportunities, Isabel Blanco (2d), opens on Tuesday in Zamora the II Autonomous Congress to coordinate the local Police of Castile and León. EFE/Mariam A. Montesinos

First in the office…

“They divided us into different departments and we hardly gave proper street assistance,” explained Agripina Marcos, one of the twelve women who joined the municipal police of Valladolid in 1972, who took part in the round table of the II Congress on the Coordination of Local Authorities on Tuesday authorities. The police are detained in Zamora.

She went to the social services, some to collect fines through the window, some to help, but no one started patrol work, despite the fact that a female uniform was developed, which even included a bag as an addition.

It was a piece of clothing that “was nothing comfortable,” as Castile and León’s Minister of Family Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Isabel Blanco, admitted when she saw it at an additional congressional exhibition.

Miniskirt 1972

Among the dozen pioneers was Asunción Barbachano from Palencia, who also joined the municipal police of Valladolid in 1972 at the age of 18 and tells how in those youthful times she and other colleagues did not refuse to wear miniskirts, so they “put flaps under skirt.” typewriters so that our legs are not visible, ”he said.

The Minister for the Environment, Housing and Spatial Planning, Juan Carlos Suárez Quiñones, opens the II Autonomous Congress for the Coordination of Local Police in Castile and León on Tuesday in Zamora. EFE/Mariam A. Montesinos

He also acknowledged that some male colleagues viewed them “like a certain competition”. and though some greeted them very well, others treated them “very enviously” in those early days.

Another participant in the congressional round table on the 50th anniversary of policewomen is also a pioneer as the first female leader of the local police, a position that Julia González Calleja received eight years ago in the municipal police of Valladolid. .

González Calleja, who at the time had spent three decades as a local agent, ten at the base, and then with various promotions, admitted that his thorn in the side was that he could not ride in patrol car 092, as the command at the time denied her simply because she was a woman.

“If in a society 51 percent of the people are women and 10 percent of the labor force, then it is clear that there is underrepresentation and the police should be a reflection of society,” he reflected.

For this reason, he suggested adapting the population requirements, because at the current pace it could take 150 years to reach a percentage of 40 percent of female police officers, and adapting oppositions to reality, since in his ten years as a base police officer, he never had to scramble on a rope, as in one of the qualifying physical tests.

In addition, the participants of the roundtable put forward another argument: women’s sensitivity to some of the tasks of the local police in addition to regulating traffic or issuing fines, and especially when caring for victims of sexist violence. EFE

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org