Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Black girls, aged 10-14, descendants of runaway slave communities, victims of rape; worked as maids in middle-class homes of powerful white elites


Note from BW of Brazil: To say the least, this is quite a disturbing story! These types of reports once again makes one ask if law, order and justice in … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

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

Racial inequalities persist after 125 years of the abolition of slavery


by Naira Sodré and Max Milliano Melo Yesterday, May 13, we remembered the date of the abolition of slavery in Brazil in 1888. But 125 years after the abolition of slavery, … Continue reading

May 14, 2013 · Leave a 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

Reminiscing about the slavery era: Why the new maids’ law was necessary


Note from BW of Brazil: Much has been written about the new domestics law that extended new rights to the millions of people that work in domestic services in Brazil. … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

Brazil has most maids of any country in the world; a legacy of slavery, oppression and social inequality, middle and upper classes want to keep it that way


While the film The Help may have brought back memories of paternalistic, oppressive relationships in the recent past of the US, domestic service in Brazil continues to be a widespread facet of … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · 4 Comments