Women’s football still struggles for recognition in Brazil

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On Sunday morning, Brazil’s women’s team took the field for its World Cup opener against Jamaica. Broadcast on three stations, including two nationwide terrestrial channels, the country cheered the team on to a 3-0 victory, with a hat-trick from Cristiane. Just 40 years ago, however, women’s football was illegal in Brazil, and had been since 1941.

Seen as “not suited to the female body” and overly violent, the sport was prohibited for Brazilian women, while the men’s team took the globe by storm with World Cup wins in 1958, 1962, and 1970.


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