Black and poor women may decide who will be the next president of Brazil, but they have yet to decide on their next presidential candidate
In the first few months of her administration, Brazil’s new president, Dilma Rousseff, has been repeatedly criticized as a politician who is weak on the economy, unwilling to fight political corruption, and for her handling of the public-health crisis that forced half a million people to go into hiding and exposed a series of state-run scandals and corruption around the country.
But the most important criticism levied at her has been on her ability to tackle the country’s most pressing problem: the staggering disparity between the country’s rich and poor.
When it comes time to decide whom she will run to be the next president of Brazil, women with a clear platform have so far been unable to make headway.
In the election run-up, all nine candidates have either called for an end to abortion and gay marriage or for tax cuts that would benefit the rich. Only one of the nine candidates, Dilma, the new president, has offered to tackle poverty.
The election has not shown women’s ability to challenge political systems.
It now seems as if this election may be the beginning of the end of the gender gap in Brazil.
The presidential election has been called by Brazil’s current president, Dilma Rousseff. She won the poll by a margin of less than two percent. While the election was not called on time, it was decided at some point on the night of the poll in October.
The election is the culmination of the country’s most important election, the 2014 presidential race. And the election seems to have finally shown the country, women in particular, how much they have gained in terms of recognition, acceptance and opportunity:
1. The election could be the beginning of the end of the gender gap
To put in perspective the huge drop in the gender gap, it is possible to divide the country into three populations: the country’s poorest, economically the country’s middle class, and the upper class (socio-politically).
If women had a