Eleanor Roosevelt is the inspiration behind FLAD’s new podcast, written by Raquel Vaz Pinto and Pedro Vieira. Recorded live at FLAD’s Auditorium and open to the public, ‘As Amigas de Eleanor’ will bring you the stories of extraordinary women every month, to whom history has not always recognized their place. The first live episode is on September 18th at 18:30.

After the podcasts ‘Atlantic Talks’ and ‘Era Uma Vez Duas Pessoas’, FLAD is launching ‘As Amigas de Eleanor’. Recorded live and open to the public, Raquel Vaz Pinto and Pedro Vieira will meet monthly at FLAD to talk about the stories of extraordinary women who have distinguished themselves in politics, education, science, the arts and who have marked the past, present and future. Eleanor Roosevelt will be the “trigger” to talk about women, overcoming, human rights, (in)justice, gender inequality, racism, power and emancipation. In the words of the authors, “we are going to talk about figures to whom History has not always recognized the place and to whom only Democracy can do justice”.

In the first episode – ‘Thank you, Eleanor’ – Raquel Vaz Pinto and Pedro Vieira will go through the biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, the figure who sets the tone for the podcast: her civic and political participation, as a woman with initiative in a context of male domination. From there, they will move on to discuss the challenges faced by women in accessing important positions, introducing concepts such as the glass ceiling.

The podcast episodes will be recorded live in FLAD’s auditorium every month and then broadcast on the podcast platforms and youtube. The premiere takes place on September 18 at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free for everyone who wants to attend. Just send your attendance confirmation to fladport@flad.pt.

About the authors:

Raquel Vaz Pinto is a researcher at Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais (IPRI) of Universidade Nova and a Visiting Associate Professor at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas of the same university, where she teaches Asian Studies and the History of International Relations.
She was President of the Portuguese Political Science Association from 2012 to 2016 and a consultant to the Board of Directors of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation from 2020 to 2022. She is the author of several articles and books, including A Grande Muralha e o Legado de Tiananmen, a China e os Direitos Humanos (Tinta-da-China) and Os Portugueses e o Mundo (FFMS). For two seasons he teamed up with Pedro Vieira on the FFMS podcast [IN]Pertinente.
She is currently resident international politics analyst for SIC Notícias and TSF. The next book, to be published by Tinta-da-china, is about the challenges posed by China to European liberal democracies, including Portugal.

Pedro Vieira was born in Lisbon in 1975. A graduate of the Escola Superior de Comunicação Social, he worked as a creative at Canal Q of Produções Fictícias and is now a scriptwriter and anchor of the program O Último Apaga a Luz on RTP3. He directed communications at Cinema São Jorge and worked as a consultant, designer, bookseller and handyman. He is a freelance illustrator and made his fiction writing debut with Última Paragem: Massamá, which won the P.E.N. Clube Português Primeira Obra prize. His non-fiction works have been published by Objectiva and the Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation, where he teamed up with Raquel Vaz Pinto on the IN Pertinente podcast. She is currently part of the Communications team at Penguin Books.