Ecofeminism and politics of the common

Maria Eugenia Rodriguez Palop


MEP and professor at Universidad Carlos III

Class 1

Maria Eugenia Rodríguez Palop exposes the characteristics of feminism in recent years, connecting ecofeminism with other protest movements. Then, she delves into the socio-ecological transition and the environmental struggle and she traces a panorama of institutionalized forms of violence against women entrenched in the state and economic context. Finally, she addresses the difficulties of approving improvements in the conditions of women due to the opposition of the governments of certain countries in the European Parliament.

Class 2

In the second class of the course, Maria Eugenia Rodríguez Palop develops the consequences of the responsibilities challenged to women – such as the role of care and unpaid domestic work – with personal problems resulting from climate change and lack of inclusive social policies. She presents the concept of "cement ceiling", responsible for discouraging and making it impossible for women to ascend socially and professionally. Finally, she defines the politics of the common and explains the ways in which they are articulated.

Class 3

Maria Eugenia Rodríguez Palop states that the management of common goods from an ecofeminist perspective is based on three central axes: deepening democracy; redistribution of wealth and decentralization and self-government. In addition, there are three transversal axes that must be considered: identity and recognition, sustainability and feminization. In relation to this last axis, she refers to relational ontologies and ethics of care as elements that support a new conception of social rights. 

Class 4

In the final session of the course, Maria Eugenia Rodríguez Palop delves into the characteristics and scope of "socialist" ecofeminism, the one that considers that the special relationship that women have with nature derives from their own material conditions and learning, skills and competencies that they have developed due to the roles they have occupied throughout history. Finally, she explores the contributions of ecofeminism for the establishment of an alternative discourse and vision to cover issues such as human rights, forms of production, interspecies relationship, as part of the socioecological transition process. 

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