The Story of the “Três Marias”

Thu, 01.01.1970

The women who challenged the Portuguese dictatorship

The next event of our Portuguese language school will be a presentation of two documentaries followed by a debate. This time will be about the story of the “Três Marias” and their book Novas Cartas Portuguesas. This event will occur on the 22nd of February in our events room on the 4th floor of Português Et Cetera.

Indira Leão, our history teacher, will present to us the theme of this event and will open the discussion about it. The “Três Marias” refers to the Portuguese writters: Maria Isabel Barreno, Maria Teresa Horta and Maria Velho da Costa. Those women caused a scandal in the Portuguese society with the publishing in 1972 of Novas Cartas Portuguesas. In this book, they criticised the existence of several discriminatory situations related to the dictatorial repression and women’s condition. The book was immediately censored, classified as “immoral” and “pornographic”. It was also opened a judicial process against the authors. The “Três Marias” had the international support of the feminist movements; however, they were only acquitted after the Carnation Revolution.

The first documentary Maria Isabel Barreno and Maria Teresa Horta – Women Inspiring Europe 2013 Calendar, will show the Portuguese society in the 70’s. It was directed by the European Institute for Gender Equality. The second documentary Ler Mais Ler Melhor Novas Cartas Portuguesas gives us a better perspective of the book’s contents.

After the presentation of the documentaries, will open an informal debate. We want to hear you too, so don’t be shy! Stay with us until the end because we’ll have a cocktail!

If you want, you can bring with you something to drink or eat to share with the other students.

Join us and check out our school events in the website of the school.