Carolina Collection

A woman's power is the size of her ambition.

A collection inspired by Carolina Beatriz Ângelo, the first woman to vote in Portugal, who dedicated herself to the fight for gender equality.

Strong and bold, the ribbon represents Carolina's courage, and the delicacy of the pink interior doesn't let us forget her feminine side. This woman broke with stereotypes and defied the norms of a patriarchal society. This is our way of honoring her.

Carolina & Mini Carolina

Mala Carolina
Mala Mini Carolina
Mini Carolina
Josefinas Carolina
Photography restored by João Pena Fonseca for Guarda City Museum

Carolina Beatriz Ângelo — The voice of the suffragist movements in Portugal.

Carolina Beatriz Ângelo (1878 – 1911) was one of the most emblematic figures of feminism in Portugal. She was part of the group of women who founded the Portuguese Republican Women's League, was involved in the foundation of the Portuguese Association of Feminist Propaganda, which she also directed, and designed the creation of a nursing school, in an effort to contribute to the emancipation of women.

Carolina was the first Portuguese woman to exercise the right to vote. The law stated that “all citizens over the age of 21, heads of household, who knew how to read and write” could have an active role in the country’s political life, and Carolina fulfilled all these requirements: at the age of 33 she was a widow and had a daughter under her care (which made her the head of household), and she was a doctor (which implied not only knowing how to read and write, but also having a higher education).

Invoking in court the right to be considered “head of family”, she fought for the female suffrage in the constituent elections, and justice prevailed. Unfortunately, in order to prevent such an example from being repeated, the law was amended the following year, with the specification that only “male heads of household” could vote. Nevertheless, Carolina deserves all the prominence — she was the voice of the gender equality movements and took the first step towards conquering women's suffrage in Portugal.