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In the early part of the 19th Century the women in Puerto Rico were Spanish subjects and had few individual rights. Those who belonged to the upper class of the Spanish ruling society had better educational opportunities than those who did not. However, there were many women who were already active participants in the labor movement and in the agricultural economy of the island. After Puerto Rico was ceded to the United States in as a result of the Spanish—American War, women once again played an integral role in Puerto Rican society by contributing to the establishment of the University of Puerto Rico , women's suffrage , women's rights , civil rights , and to the military of the United States. During the period of industrialization of the s , many women in Puerto Rico found employment in the needle industry , working as seamstresses in garment factories.
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The year-old health care worker had begun rediscovering her freedom after a contentious divorce and was headed to an event in town, where she was going to read a poem she had written. When Suliani returned to pick up her kids on the evening of May 17, , the lightness was gone. Angry, Suliani fought with him over WhatsApp messages, but her mom encouraged her to drop it. In the heated exchange, Suliani threatened to call the police on him. That night, after she returned to her home with her children, Suliani logged into Facebook and posted another poem.
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. The Puerto Rico Police Department systematically fails to protect victims of domestic violence and to investigate reported crimes of domestic violence and sexual assault. The PRPD is failing to protect women and girls from abusive intimate partners and ex-partners, and the PRPD is not policing those crimes when they are committed. Puerto Rico has the highest per capita rate in the world of women over 14 killed by their partners. The number of women killed by their intimate partners jumped significantly in , to 30 women killed.