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Project August 23, 2022

Suffrage: How Brazilian Women Came to Politics



Ninety years ago, Brazilian women finally gained political rights and were able to vote. But almost a century later, the representation of women in positions of power is still far from what it should be. In Congress, they make up for only 15% of the seats, despite being more than half of the population.

This seven-episode podcast series tells the story of how Brazilian women came to politics and where they are going. We look at Brazil’s past, from the early suffragists and the struggle around voting rights, to tell the story of the present: What are the current issues that make women so underrepresented in politics?

Visiting different regions, journalist Angela Boldrini—an experienced reporter based in Brasília—shares the views of the country’s political women: the elected officials, the first-time candidates, and the voters. She analyzes the solutions being discussed for gender representation and the issues raised in political parties run by men.

The series will discuss if gaining the right to vote was enough to include all women in the decision-making processes. What are the roles of transgender women, women of color, and other historically marginalized groups in Brazil’s politics?

As Brazil approaches the most difficult general election since the fall of the military dictatorship, this podcast puts women in the spotlight and discusses how gender equality is key to a better country.