With a PhD in History from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), where she defended her thesis, ‘La participación de las mujeres en el mercado laboral de Vitoria-Gasteiz 1950-1975’, supervised by Pilar Pérez-Fuentes Hernández, PhD, Aritza Saenz del Castillo Velasco was awarded the Micaela Portilla Prize for the best dissertation on feminist and gender studies in 2013.
Her main lines of research revolve around social history and women’s and gender history, with a preference for the Franco era about which she has published a number of works including, ‘Las damas de hierro’, ‘Las amas de casa. Sujeto constructor de derechos durante el franquismo’, etc. As a result of her recent research work, she has curated a photographic exhibition on women in contemporary times. Foremost among the projects that she is currently developing is the study of the evolution of domestic service during Francoism.
She is currently a lecturer at the Department of Didactics of Social Sciences, UPV/EHU.