Over the twelve years aboutbasquecountry.eus has been running, many Basque women, and others closely related to our nation, have been the protagonists of a great number of our stories.

Sometimes, oftentimes, with their own names: they’re the stars.  But on other occasions, most of them if we’re honest, they are but a part of the Basque community inside and outside our nation that are its true leaders who have manage to make our people thrive.

They are leaders in the deepest sense of the word, in that definition where people who, with their hard work and commitment, have made it possible for our country, for our national community, and our community, to survive.

In families, in schools, in cultural associations, in factories, in politics: in all areas, the women of our country have carried a heavy, fundamental, and usually, if not always, thankless burden.

If we go through the blog, we’ll find several stories that show off the leadership of these women, oftentimes in silence.

Today is March 8th, Women’s Day, a day to represent their role in society and to stand up for all their rights.  We wish to contribute to this work to give them the visibility and recognition they deserve by bringing you articles with women leading the way which we’ve written over the years.

We’re aware that most of the Basque women who should be named on this list are not, nor can they be.  In addition to their profile as women, which has often been glossed over or ignored over the centuries, there’s also the fact that they are part of that majority of society that creates, works, and pushes the community forward anonymously.  They’re a fundamental part of society, writing and creating its history, but they are usually left out of history books and collective memory.

To pay homage to them, and to close out this March 8th, we’ll leave you with this very long list of women of every condition, social stratum, level of training, and occupation, who are the leading roles in history.


María Elena Solas y Aurora Indurain Euzko Etxea de Chile

María Elena Solas and Aurora Indurain, the stories of two Basque exiles in Chile

Doble Espacio at the School of Journalism at the University of Chile has published an artice on the stories of two Basque exiles in Chile
Guillermina (Izd.) y Rebeca (Dch.)Uribe Bone. Respectivamente primera ingeniera civil y primera ingeniera química de Colombia

Our contribution on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we recall four women connected to our country who have stood out in the world of science
Emiliana de Zubeldia pianista vasca en México

Emiliana de Zubeldia and Ravel in the Batura Concert Series in San Sebastián

A new concert of music by composers of the Basque diaspora at the second edition of the Batura series.
Dolores Redondo con su novelaLa Cara Norte del Corzón

Dolores Redondo brings Basque culture to Hollywood

NBCUniversal and Heyday Films have announced that they will be making a series based on "The North Face of the Heart". The agreement includes the Baztán Trilogy
Las directoras Lur Olaizola Lizarralde y Zuri Goikoetxea

Two Basque film makers included in the Berlinale Talents program

Lur Olaizola Lizarralde and Zuri Goikoetxea have been included in the Berlinale Talent program, a talent-development and networking scheme for the 2021 Berlinale
Maria Elena Etcheverry en un stand de la Editorial Ekin

Maria Elena Etcheverry: a pillar of everything Basque in the Americas and the world

The name of Dr. Maria Elena Etcheverry, MD is infallibly tied to the spread and...
Mikaela Goicoechea recursos musicales Nabasque

Discover the Basque music collected by the North American Basque Organizations

The North American Basque Organizations (NABO) was started in 1973 with the goal of joining together...
Zuberoa Aznárez LO HADI AINGÜRÜA

Zuberoa Aznárez from the Roncal: a lullaby from Zuberoa and a symphonic metal song in Basque

Here on the blog, every so often we enjoy bringing you Basque songs and groups...
María Jesús de Agreda

Mary of Jesus of Ágreda, Lima, the Franciscans, the Passionists, and the “Persistence of the Basques”

To read the life of Sister Mary of Jesus of Ágreda (Ágreda, Soria 1602—1665) is...

Selma Huxley, Basque Whaling Historian and Friend to the Basques, has Passed Away

Today, Selma Huxley, the historian, researcher, and friend of the Basques our nation owes so much...
Txomin Letamendi y Karmele Urresti en Donibane lohitzun

“Karmele”: ‘Variety’ reports that a film about two Basque patriots is being prepared

Variety is a prestigious American magazine dedicated to the world of entertainment, which has been...
Leah Manning con niños vascos de la guerra

An Homage in Cambridge to Leah Manning, the Woman who Opened Great Britain to the Basque War Children

A few weeks ago, when Basque Passionist, historian, and patriot Gregorio Arrien passed away, we brought you,...
Izadora Angel y Amaia Gabantxo en una presentacion en la libreria City Lit Books de Chicago

Amaia Gabantxo: Word Warrior

This article was translated by John R. Bopp Amaia Gabantxo is from Bermeo (like our Basque language...

Two young Basque women are sharing our traditions at the Fortress of Louisbourg in Nova Scotia

This article was translated by John R. Bopp Canadian public broadcaster CBC has brought us a...
Bernardo Atxaga y estudiantes del College of William and Mary’s

A professor from Missouri who transmits her love for the Basque Country to her students in Virginia

This article was translated by John R. Bopp Dr. Carla Buck is an associate professor of Hispanic...
Uxue Alberdi

Kurdish news agency ANF interviews Basque author and bertsolari Uxue Alberdi

This article was translated by John R. Bopp Kurdish news agency Firat is headquartered in the Netherlands, as...
Ayr sugar cane grower Frank Mugica is teaching his daughters so they can inherit the family business. (ABC: Dwayne Wyles)

Basque ‘Foral’ Law and its “application” in Australia in the fight against the gender gap

This article was translated by John R. Bopp The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the state media outlet...
Begoña Iñarra misionera en africa

Begoña Iñarra: Basque, chemist, missionary, and determined in her fight against human trafficking

This article was translated by John R. Bopp Global Sisters Report is, as they define themselves, "a website...
Miren Arzalluz directora del Museo de la Moda de Paris

The ‘New York Times’ interviews Miren Arzalluz, the curator of the Paris Fashion Museum

This article was translated by John R. Bopp Miren Arzalluz, who was once the curator at the...
Foto de Margot Duhalde de 1953. Foto cortesía del Museo Nacional Aeronáutico y del Espacio de Chile.

Margot Duhalde, the Basque-Chilean who fought as a World War 2 pilot, has passed away

This article was translated by John R. Bopp BBC World broke the news to us.  Margot Duhalde...
Familia del Lehendakari Aguirre

Aintzane Aguirre Zabala, the daughter of the Lehendakari, has passed.  Agur eta Ohore

This article was translated by John R. Bopp Last Friday, Aintzane Aguirre Zabala, the eldest daughter of...
Marina Gonzalez de Apodaca, una niña de la guerra de Bilbao que fue a la URSS y acabó en Argentina

Bilbao – Moscow – Buenos Aires: the story of a Basque war child

This article was translated by John R. Bopp Our regular readers know how interested we are in...
Iratxe Gomez. la voz de siri en castellano

“As hard as it may be to believe, Siri does exist, and she was born in the Basque Country…this is what she’s like”

This article was translated by John R. Bopp That was the title given by Mexican magazine Quien...
Niños vascos refugiados en Gran Bretaña desesperados ante la caída de Bilbao en manos de los insurrectos

The photo that sums up the story of the Basque war children

This article was translated by John R. Bopp We found this photo that grabbed our attention as...
Una imagen de Firebrand la serie en comic que habla de las aventuras en Seattle de una sorgina educada en el País Vasco

The story of a sorgina written in the US, drawn by a Mexican of Basque descent, and published in Korea

This article was translated by John R. Bopp This is a fluke that could win a world...
Fotograma del documental sobre una niña vasca de la guerra en Bélgica

The Emotional Stories of the Basque War Children in Belgium (video)

This article was translated by John R. Bopp This entry is the fruit of the help of...
Maria Incera. Una "niña vasca de la guerra" que narra sus vivencias desde Yorkshire

The memoirs of Maria Incera, a Basque war child who lives in Yorkshire

This article was translated by John R. Bopp Her name is Maria Luisa Incera.  She’s from the...
Elsie Basque receiving an honorary doctorate from Acadia University. (Mi'kmawey Debert Cultural Centre)

Canada: A Mi’kmaq woman, whose last name was “Basque”, and who fought to preserve her culture, has died

This article was translated by John R. Bopp In the Canadian daily The Globe and Mail, Allison...
Yolande Betbeze manifestándose en New York en 1960 en contra de la discriminación racial

An amazing woman, who received a letter from Obama thanking her for her lifelong struggle for civil rights, has passed away

We’ve spoken about Yolande Betbeze several times.  She was a Basque-American who won the 1951 Miss America...

The Basque woman in Uruguay who planted rice, showed movies, and founded a rural school

One of those big small story about a Basque in the world that won't ever make it into a history book, but is still quite important for many people

Homage is paid in England to a woman who is part of the living history of our people

This article was translated by John R. Bopp Her name is María Luisa Incera, and she was...
Artículo sobre lecciones aprendidas en el Pais vasco

“A Basque woman is a very particular type of woman”

This article was translated by John R. Bopp Kia Marie Hunt is a student of Spanish, Galician,...
Carmen de Gurtubay

Noble, socialist, republican, Allied spy: Carmen Gurtubay y Alzola, a Basque heroine

This article was translated by John R. Bopp Some time ago, we wrote about the amazing article...

Juana Azurduy: a woman of Basque blood who fought for the indigenous peoples and independence.  Have you ever heard of her?

This article was translated by John R. Bopp We never had, despite her importance in history.  That’s...

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