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Back in Time: 1 February 1913

February 1, 2018

105 years ago a strong and elegant woman had the courage to do something very important for women in general. That day, she decided to follow a group of boys into the Jewel House, inside the Tower of London. Everyone thought she was the teacher, until she threw na iron bar at the Crown Jewels in protest at the Government. Wrapped around the bar was a piece of paper in which she worte: ‘This is my protest against the Government’s treachery to the working women of Great Britain’. The Beefeaters of the Tower immediately forced the woman to the ground and arrested her.


That woman was Leonora Cohen, british citizen, militant suffragette and a wild spirit. She made history, not only on the 1st of February 1913, but through her long life! She died in 1978 at the age of 105.


And the truth is, we may never ever forget women like Leonora Cohen. Without people like her, maybe we wouldn’t have today the rights we have and that we all take for granted, as it is the act of voting.

Há 105 anos, uma mulher forte e elegante teve a coragem de fazer algo muito importante para as mulheres em geral. Naquele dia, ela decidiu seguir um grupo de meninos na Jewel House, dentro da Torre de Londres. Todos pensaram que ela era a professora, até que ela atirou uma barra de ferro às jóias da Coroa em protesto contra o governo. Envolvido em torno da barra estava um pedaço de papel no qual ela escreveu: "Este é o meu protesto contra a traição do governo para com as mulheres trabalhadoras da Grã-Bretanha". Os Beefeaters (guardas) da Torre imediatamente forçaram-na a estender-se no chão e prenderam-na.


Esta mulher era Leonora Cohen, cidadã britânica, sufragista militante e de espírito selvagem. Ela fez história, não só no dia 1 de fevereiro de 1913, mas por toda a sua longa vida! Ela morreu em 1978 com 105 anos.


E a verdade é que nunca podemos esquecer mulheres como Leonora Cohen. Se não tivessem existido pessoas como ela, talvez não tivéssemos hoje os direitos que temos e a que todos nos habituámos a dar por garantidos, como o ato de votar.


In Portugal,  the sufragette movement existed as well. We had Carolina Beatriz Ângelo, a doctor that in 1911, used the ambiguity of a law to cast her vote in the election of the Constituient National Assembly. The law issued the rigt to vote to literate head-of-households over 21. She became the first woman voting in Portugal.




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