The Diversity Of Brazilian Women

Portraits of the challenges and achievements of women in Brazilian society

Indígena guarani-caiová (2012-10-31) by Eduardo KnappFolha de S.Paulo

Marilene Benites Romeiro, a 22-year-old Indigenous woman from the Guarani-Kaiowá tribe, featured in a Folha de São Paulo report about the land conflict between Indigenous peoples, and ranchers and farmers, in the Mato Grosso do Sul town of Iguatemi.

Many of the Guarani Kaiowá live in makeshift camps, in reserves and on the sides of highways.

Mulheres em situação de rua (1997-02-27) by Patrícia SantosFolha de S.Paulo

Irene Feitosa, age 77, who started living on the Rio de Janeiro streets when she was abandoned by her son.

Between January and June 2022, the Ministry for Women, Family, and Human Rights recorded 35,000 alleged offenses against the elderly in Brazil, with 87% of cases happening in the person's own home.

Transporte (1959-06)Folha de S.Paulo

Cyclists take part in a women-only race on Nove de Julho Avenue in downtown São Paulo. The race started and finished opposite the building that once housed an elite school, the Colégio Sagrado Coração de Maria.

Tecnologia em reabilitação (2010-04-15) by Zanone FraissatFolha de S.Paulo

A young girl was observing one of the stands at the 9th edition of Reatech (International Fair of Technology in Rehabilitation, Inclusion and Accessibility), held at the Imigrantes Exhibition Center, now the São Paulo Expo, in the south of São Paulo.

Feira Comdex-Consumer (1995-12-08) by Eduardo KnappFolha de S.Paulo

A girl takes part in a competitive video game at the 1st Comdex Consumer, an electronics fair held at São Paulo's Anhembi Exhibition Pavilion in the city's North Zone. Among the items on sale were computers, printers, and fax machines.

Mulheres (2003-09-30) by Tuca VieiraFolha de S.Paulo

A young girl reads Esmeralda Ortiz’s autobiography, Por Que Eu Não Dancei (Why I Didn't Dance). Now a journalist and writer, Ortiz is a former drug addict who lived on the streets of São Paulo between the ages of 7 and 19.

Beleza feminina (2019-07-25) by Rivaldo GomesFolha de S.Paulo

Renata Coelho, 35, and her mother, Iolanda Coelho, 69, take pride in their gray hairstyles. The fashion trend took off when the color was embraced by famous Brazilian women, such as Marieta Severo, Glória Pires, and Samara Felippo, as well as by Hollywood stars like Helen Mirren, Jodie Foster, and Andie McDowell.

Praia do Guarujá (1987-01-12) by Vidal CavalcanteFolha de S.Paulo

Youngsters are startled by the camera click as photographic reporter Vidal Cavalcanti, from the Folha de São Paulo newspaper, takes their photo on a beach in the São Paulo coastal town of Guarujá.

Inauguração de Brasília (1960-04)Folha de S.Paulo

Women get ready for a trip to Brasília on the eve of the inauguration of Brazil’s new federal capital. The then president, Juscelino Kubitschek, would also attend the official inauguration ceremonies on April 21, 1960.

Mulher mecânica (2010-03-05) by Filipe RedondoFolha de S.Paulo

Mechanic Leandra Giovanetti repairs a car at the family garage, the Londres Centro Automotivo, in São Paulo's Moema neighborhood.

There was a growing interest in mechanics among women at the time. According to the car industry's business intelligence center CINAU, and its publication Oficina Brasil, there was a 46% increase in women visiting garages in 2010 compared to 2005.

Travestis e transexuais (2015-01-27) by Apu GomesFolha de S.Paulo

Trans women sit the exam for the 840 scholarships available from the Integrated Center for Adult and Youth Education (Centro Integrado de Educação de Jovens e Adultos), as part of the Transcidadania program run by São Paulo's City Hall (Prefeitura). This trans citizenship project sought to provide trans people with basic training and integration into the formal labor market.

Eleição municipal (1976-11-15)Folha de S.Paulo

A female voter casts her vote during the 1976 elections.

Women won the right to vote in Brazil in 1932, when the Getúlio Vargas government published Decree No. 21,076 establishing the country's electoral code and electoral justice system.

Women's rights were then entrenched in the 1934 Constitution, which stated that citizens over 22 years of age were voters, with no discrimination of gender.

Eleições 2014 (2014-10-26) by Silva JuniorFolha de S.Paulo

Despite not being obliged to vote, 107-year-old Benedita Bueno Sahadi—known as Dona Tita—who lives in Brodowski (São Paulo State), exercises her right to vote in the 2014 presidential elections in Brazil, which returned Dilma Rousseff for a second term.

Mulheres no Exército (1996-03-13) by Lula MarquesFolha de S.Paulo

Officers from the first group of female volunteers to be accepted by the Brazilian Army swear their oath in Brasília. With ages ranging from 25 to 35, they are part of a group of 635 women who will work in healthcare at military hospitals all across Brazil.

Mulheres e crianças sem-terra (1959-08-27)Folha de S.Paulo

Landless women occupy a property in the then new town of Santa Fé do Sul in São Paulo State. The town had been set up in 1948 and rural workers were protesting about settlements on uncultivated lands where they worked.

índia Guarani (2003-07-17) by Juca VarellaFolha de S.Paulo

Teresa, an Indigenous woman from the Guarani tribe, poses for a photo in the doorway of her shack in a village in the Mato Grosso do Sul municipality of Amambaí. Mother of the village chief, Teresa is believed to be 100 years old.

The Guarani tribe is scattered across five South American countries: Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay. In 2020, there were 280,000 Guarani, with 85,000 living in Brazil.

Integrantes da São Clemente (1987-03-04) by J. A. FonsecaFolha de S.Paulo

Members of the São Clemente samba school parade in the Marquês de Sapucaí Sambadrome during the 1987 Rio de Janeiro carnival. That year, the winning school was the Estação Primeira de Mangueira, with their theme No Reino das Palavras, Carlos Drummond de Andrade (In the Kingdom of Words, Carlos Drummond de Andrade), which was a tribute to the Brazilian poet.

Mulheres dançarinas (2019-04-27) by Raquel CunhaFolha de S.Paulo

Women dance at a workshop, Oficina Proibidona, in the central Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Lapa.

The dance class is part of the Afrofunk project set up by writer, actress, and dancer Taísa Machado to teach techniques for moving to the sound of funk and African rhythms. Feminist discussions about sexuality and the decolonization of women's bodies are also part of the program.

Marcha Mundial de Mulheres (2005-03-08) by Jefferson CoppolaFolha de S.Paulo

A member of the Batucada Feminista group from the city of Mossoró in Rio Grande do Norte State takes part in the global Women's March, a movement that advocates for women's rights. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered on Paulista Avenue in downtown São Paulo for the event.

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