As March is Women's History Month the theme Viridian chose for us this week was women on stamps. This caused me to examine my stamps more closely to find out more about the women depicted.
This is Maria Pacheco (1496 - 1531) from the House of Mendoza. She successfully led the defence of Toledo against royalist forces after the death of her husband at the Battle of Villalar in 1521.
Kerstin Hesselgren had a battle of a different kind,
|Kerstin Hesselgren (1872 - 1962)|
Kerstin was the first woman elected to the Swedish Parliament's Upper Chamber when women obtained the vote in 1921.
She appeared on Swedish stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of female suffrage in 1971.
The dangers of the Internet showed themselves when i took up Google's offer to translate "Rostratt for kvinnor" and it gave me initially "Stainless Steering Wheel for Women!" It's "Female Suffrage" I then found out.
There are more women to admire on Viridianpostcard.blogspot.co.uk/