The big news in Brazil’s presidential election has been the women’s movement against far-right frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro. With a few days left until the first round of voting, the #EleNão (Not Him) demonstrations drew hundreds of thousands of people to the streets on September 29 across all Brazilian states. This is the first time that the female vote has been so discrepant from the male vote, which is due to the high rejection rate against Mr. Bolsonaro among women.
And make no mistake: women will determine the result of the election.
Jair Bolsonaro’s gender gap
Women make up 52 percent of all Brazilian voters, and according to Ibope an astounding 50 percent of them say they would never vote for Mr. Bolsonaro. Among men, the rate is at 33 percent. Datafolha shows him with 35 percent of the male vote and just 18 percent among women. He is the only candidate with such a wide gender gap. But how did this happen?