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Rosa Villacastín starred in a meeting for International Women's Day (14/03/2019)

The journalist Rosa Villacastín visited Cartagena this Wednesday with the aim of holding a meeting to talk about women pioneers, framed within the program of activities to commemorate the International Women's Day, organized by the Popular University of the Department of Culture of the City of Cartagena .

The auditorium of the Roman Theater was the place chosen for the journalist to talk about great pioneering women such as Carmen Conde, since Rosa Villacastín's grandmother, Francisca Sánchez, became a great friend of Antonio Oliver and Carmen Conde.

The journalist told many details about Carmen Conde, the first woman who entered the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language along with other great women of the time.

In addition, Rosa Villacastín did not want to leave without making an affectionate gesture towards Carmen Conde and approached to take a photo with her sculpture accompanied by the Councilor for Culture, David Martínez.

During the meeting, Villacastín told great stories about the life of his grandmother, Francisca Sánchez and above all, Carmen Conde.

When the poet Rubén Darío met Francisca Sánchez, the grandmother of Rosa Villacastín, he fell in love at first sight, he was captivated by the sight of her at the Casa de Campo in Madrid, when he was walking with his friend Valle-Inclán.

She was a humble woman, daughter of the gardeners of King Alfonso XIII.

He was one of the great poets of the time and she was a woman who did not know how to read or write.

Perhaps thanks to those differences they fell in love, as Francisca, years later, acknowledged to her granddaughter Rosa Villacastín, conquered her "by the word".

After the death of Rubén Dario, Francisca kept in a blue trunk for more than 40 years a great literary legacy, as Rosa commented "my grandmother kept everything".

And this fact caused the meeting of Carmen Conde and Antonio Oliver with Francisca.

After a certain reluctance, she donated everything to the State, and Antonio Oliver became director of the Archive of the legacy of Rubén Darío and Rosa Villacastín accompanied him in this task, acting as Antonio's secretary.

The relationship was so close with Antonio Oliver and Carmen Conde that Rosa Villacastín was treated as the daughter that the marriage did not have.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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