Stories of Mulheres who marked Lisbon
Men have made most part of the History to men. Therefore, we often forget about other characters that marked the History, for example the women (mulheres). Once this month we celebrated International Women’s Day, we decided to organize a walking tour about mulheres that marked Lisbon. It will be on March 24th.
Our history teacher, Indira Leão, will guide us during the walking tour.
We’ll start in Rua das Portas de Santo Antão. During the 20’s of the 20th century was the main centre of the nightclubs in Lisbon. In this time, the nightclubs were places of women’s liberation, once they were able to have fun, smoke and drink like men.
Then, we’ll go to the obelisk in Restauradores. The monument revives our memory for the moment when Portugal became independent from Spain on December 1st, 1640. Among the well-known men who organized the rebellion against Spain, we have a woman. Luísa de Gusmão encouraged her husband D. João IV to lead the riot against Spain. They succeeded and became kings of Portugal.
We’ll pass by Chiado, a cultural neighbourhood since the 18th century. Here, many intellectuals used to gather in the coffee shops to discuss about literature, politics or society. We also had intellectual women such as Sarah Afonso.
We’ll end in Paços do Concelho. In 1910, the Portuguese Republic didn’t recognize the vote to women. Carolina Beatriz Ângelo appealed to the courts to vote. She met the requirements: head of the family, adult and with money. She voted on May 28th 1911 and became the first woman to do it.
After the walking tour, we’ll have a drink and socialize!