Although Portugal is a fairly traditional culture, foreign business women are treated fairly and with respect. It is important to maintain a professional approach and distance with males colleagues but there is a strong and increasing movement towards Portuguese women being involved in business.
It is still fairly unusual to find senior female managers at the very highest levels of Portuguese owned organizations.
This does not mean however that Portuguese men will forget old world traditions and may mean, for example, that they will not allow a woman to pay for a lunch or dinner.
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