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Category Archives: domestic worker

From nightmare to American Dream: Trafficked, exploited Brazilian domestic becomes professor at US university


Maria Natalicía Rocha Tracy: From exploited, trafficked domestic worker to college professor Note from BW of Brazil: The following story is both inspiring but also rooted in the harsh realities of … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · 2 Comments

Outside of history: study show that black women have no place in contemporary Brazilian literature


Of 1,245 characters cataloged, only 34 are black women. 70% of the time they are portrayed as maids and prostitutes Research conducted by the Grupo de Estudos em Literatura Brasileira … Continue reading

April 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

“Black women take care of white women’s children when no one else is there”: Creuza de Oliveira, president of the domestics union, talks about the importance of Brazil’s new maid law


Note from BW of Brazil: This blog has covered the maid/employer relationship extensively as momentum for the new domestics law continued to grow in anticipation of its passage in what … Continue reading

April 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sisters create a new business model offering domestic services


Note from BW of Brazil: Brazil simultaneously has the most maids in the world while see sharp declines in the numbers of people working in this profession. According to research by the … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Miracle baby develops in mother’s ovary and survives; pregnancy extremely rare


Elizete Pavão and her baby In 95% of cases of pregnancy outside the uterus, the embryo develops in the Fallopian tube. Ovarian pregnancy is considered very rare and happens once for … Continue reading

January 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Brazil: Where "The Help" is still an unequal reality for black women


  The 2011 film “The Help” portrayed the cruel realities of the lives of black domestic workers in 1960s Mississippi. In modern day Brazil, the often demeaning, unappreciated efforts of … Continue reading

June 24, 2012 · 1 Comment