Guest writer Margarita Chala writes her debut work for Boshemia on the role of women in modern Greece. Margarita is writer, mother, and dreamer from Andros.
I look in the past, in those moments when women defiantly wrote their own chapters in history—I seek them out:
I read Sappho’s poetry.
I read about Aspasia’s influence on matters of politics during one of the most celebrated periods of culture, prosperity and Democracy, the Golden Age of Athens.
I get lost in the splendour of Maria Callas’ voice.
I read about Kallirhoe Parren, the first Greek feminist, journalist and publisher in 1888.
I read about Manto Mavrogenous’ heroism as a leader-warrior during the Greek War of Independence—leading her armada to war.
I look in the past and I can’t help but wonder; how progressive are we entitled to call ourselves today?