The women’s emancipation in Lisbon

Thu, 28.02.2019

Learning the role of women in the history of Lisbon

On the 28th of February, our Portuguese language school organized a walking tour about the women’s emancipation in Lisbon.

Indira Leão, our history teacher, guided us during this afternoon. We walked down to Rua das Portas de Santo Antão. Here, Indira explained us that during the 20’s it was the main centre of the nightclubs in Lisbon. The nightclubs were very important for the women’s emancipation. In these spots, they could dance, smoke and drink just as men. This changing of mentalities concerned to women’s emancipation happened after the World War I. Women had to work while men they were fighting in the war. The female workers proved to the western society that they were able to do “men’s work”. Maria de Lurdes Sá Teixeira, the first Portuguese woman pilot, frequented the nightclubs and was an independent woman.

In the obelisk of Restauradores, Indira told us that Portugal was under the control of the Spanish crown since 1580 until 1640. On the 1st of December of 1640, a group of Portuguese nobles prepared a rebellion against the Spanish king D. Filipe IV. The leader of that rebellion was João, Duke of Bragança. D. Luísa de Gusmão, wife of João, convinced him to lead the rebellion. Portuguese queens influenced politically their husbands. On the 13th of January of 1975 also in Restauradores there was the first feminist manifestation of the Portuguese Democracy.

In Paços do Concelho, where is the city hall of Lisbon, we learned that Carolina Beatriz Ângelo, a Portuguese doctor and a republican became the first Portuguese woman to be able to vote. The universal suffrage was only achieved in 1975.

After the tour, we went to a friendly coffee shop.

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Lisbon as a stage of women’s emancipation

Some of the most remarkable moments in Portugal’ History, were made by women and men. Women were kept in the shade for a long time. However, our Portuguese language school wants to revive the memory of several women that made the Portuguese History. You are invited to join us on the 28th of February in our walking tour about the women’s emancipation in Lisbon.

Our history teacher, Indira Leão, will help us to explore the feminist facet of Lisbon. We’ll start in Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, once the main street of the nightclubs during the 20’s. The nightclubs in Lisbon were spots of women’s liberation. Here they could dance, smoke, drink and enjoy life just as men.

In Restauradores, we’ll learn about the importance of queens in political decision-making. A good example is D. Luísa de Gusmão, wife of D. João IV, the restorer of the Portuguese independence. Without the support and the advices of D. Luísa, D. João wouldn’t be able to lead the revolt for the country’s independence.

Chiado is connected with culture and intellectuality since the end of the 19th century. Men and women gathered here in the coffee shops to discuss politics, literary and social topics.

Women also fought to the implementation of the Portuguese Republic. The new political regime was publicly announced in Paços do Concelho on the 5th of October of 1910. The Republican regime didn’t recognized women’s right to vote. Nevertheless, Carolina Beatriz Ângelo struggled in the justice for her right to vote and got it on the 28th of May of 1911. Women also participated in the Carnation Revolution!

We’ll end perfectly this tour with a drink together!

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