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Women still struggle to be elected in Brazil

While women account for 52 percent of the Brazilian population, they still face many roadblocks to get elected for public office

Women still struggle to be elected in Brazil
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In October, Brazil’s 147 million voters go to the polls to elect mayors and city councilors for the next four years. And while 52 percent of citizens in the country are women, ballots will be overwhelmingly dominated by male candidates. 

A new study shows that women’s struggles to get elected to public office start long before the campaigns—the roadblocks start within their own parties, regardless of where they lie on the political spectrum.

“Women become ‘extras’ in their parties because they don’t get enough resources to finance their campaigns,” journalist Karolina Bergamo told The Brazilian Report. She is a...

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