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Wednesday’s Wise Women … Maria Quiteria and Joana Angelica

April 30, 2014

I don’t like reblogging it feels like I have run out of ideas or steam. Perhaps, I have and maybe I should consider the need to post daily. I would value thoughts about Blogging, the reasons why we do it ? Also, why at some point we or just I, wonder if I have lost the plot and should get a life! Meanwhile, as the the year goes on and I look back of the last 3 months of grief and pain and separation. I can perhaps see why blogging has not always been my priority. Then I think, in three months I will be looking at the statue of Princess Isabel of Brazil at the end a street very near where my daughter lives. Maybe the I will be able to celebrate again, the way in women and not just those from privileged backgrounds do cope with adversity.

Coat Hanger Doll's House

Maria Quiteria 

In my bid to discover some lesser known Wise Women I have discovered various blogs and websites. One such site is Mulher 500 Anos, it is in Portuguese and the translation is poor. Nonetheless it is a list of women of Brazil who have contributed to the building of the democratic and egalitarian society.  These women made changes overcoming racism and ethnocentrism; in a man’s world and made history.

During my research I read and learned a little about Princess Isabel the daughter of Pedro II, Brazil’s last emperor.  In the absence of her father in 1871 she presided over the enactment of the Law of Free Birth that marked the end of slavery in 1888. For this she earned the name A Redentora (redemptress) I understand that this move did not come from an ethical stand but for economic and practical reasons and pressure from would be…

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  1. May 1, 2014 10:26 am

    Your posts are always fascinating. I hope you have a great time with your daughter in Brazil. 🙂

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