The Day of the Colombian Woman

November 14, 1967 – The Congress of Colombia, in commemoration of the 150 years of the death of Policarpa Salavarrieta, declares this day as “Day of the Colombian Woman”.

Also known as “La Pola,” Salavarrieta was a Neogranadine seamstress who spied for the Revolutionary Forces during the Spanish Reconquista of the Viceroyalty of New Granada. She was captured by Spanish Royalists and ultimately executed for high treason. She is now considered a heroine of the independence of Colombia.

Pictured here is what appears to be a government revenue or official stamp issued by Colombia ca. 1963, which features a portrait of Salavarrieta.

policarpa salavarrieta - colombia

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