She did not follow the traditional path of women who were born at her time and believes that self-esteem was what allowed her to survive heartbreaks. Against her family’s wishes, she majored in economics. She was the first woman to be admitted to the technical staff of Banco de Portugal, having shared an office with Cavaco Silva. She divorced before the 25th of April 1974 and also decided to go on her own to go to therapy shocking those who knew. She never hid it, in fact, she always said that therapy had been a way of salvation. She has written more than 20 books, is a mother of two children, Paulo and Miguel Portas, a grandmother and a loyal friend to her friends.
In these 50 minutes of conversation with Paula Cosme Pinto and Patrícia Reis, “Sacadura”, as she was known in college, reveals that she has plans for the future, that she likes to congeal what she is going to do next and that she doesn’t lose her mind to think about age, not only for being a woman of faith, but also for being a pragmatic woman. “I didn’t have everything I wanted, but everything I wanted to do, I did. I wanted to do more things, but since I’m not dead yet, maybe I can do them. I wanted to study and continue to study. I wanted to be independent, and I am.”