Unfortunately, last Wednesday was a rare super rainy day in Lisbon so sadly we couldn’t go for a walk in our lovely city. However, as we are never discouraged we spent our tour drinking tasty hot coffee and discussing woman social position in Portugal.
Our teacher Beatriz surprised us with numerous anecdotes; she told us how the role of women changed at the beginning of the XX century when many of them arrived in Lisbon from the countryside looking for new opportunities, as well as when they started to work in factories during the IWW.
Beatriz described a painting that is hanging on the wall in Brasileira Cafè to help us understand how women participated to the bohemian life: They started to drink alcohol like men, sometimes hiding it in teacups to not attract judgmental gazes. They also started to smoke, although not in the correct way.
Since the Middle Age when Portuguese queens could rule, even without an husband, to nowadays, the position of woman in society has deeply changed and it was a pleasure learning how with Beatriz and the other students.