Portugal has come a very, very long way in the past 40 years (this seems a long time, but in fact from then to now it is so different).
Women are well respected here and as there are several entrepreneurs who are exceedingly successful in the private sector and in the public sector. Women have shown their expertise in so many ways here and are indeed considered excellent achievers.
Needless to say years ago it was a macho society (like many countries in the world), but now there is less and less of that in the new generation. I find that women in the work place are looked up to and their opinions and in-put accepted on the same level as men.
I, as a woman, living in Portugal, feel perfectly at ease when having to go out alone at night. As in most countries one has to be aware, but I certainly cannot say that it is at an anxiety level for women to feel nervous by going out at night or during the day.
Portuguese mothers will always be extremely protective of their children, from the day they are born until they are 99. It is part of their role and they are very inclined to spoil their children. However, children are more independent nowadays and do not always take on the mother/child instructions.
Women here can be the dominant figures even with their partners. I don't know what that tells you - confidence, bossiness!! But women certainly play a very important role in the Portuguese society. Perhaps not so much the older female generation who were certainly not allowed to voice their thoughts and particularly if contrary to male thinking.
There is certainly no need for concern with regard to being a female in Portugal. Respect and consideration are in the forefront and of course if visa versa.
(Pictured: young woman in Porto,Portugal.)