Antónia Coutinho Vice-Dean for Students NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities (NOVA FCSH)
In recent history, women issues were not part of the public agendas, communication was far from the several and agile means we have got and it couldn’t interfere in real time. So, each woman was alone to face her own gender experience: most of the time, she would think she was the only one to handle the problems she was dealing with. She could look at the world around and feel it should be different, she had no one to speak about. She had to take it on her own. In this context, to discover that her neighbor, her friend, her cousin, the friend of her cousin, the friend of the cousin of her neighbor (and so many other women) had similar difficulties in a world shaped by men was one step ahead to women conscience development. Feminist movements were crucial to connect women and create conditions for them to share experiences – as a qualitative leap to women empowerment and to gender equality.