Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Protest against president again features nearly all-white upper-middle class displays of racism, desire to protect status and putting ‘have nots’ back in their place


Note from BW of Brazil: Once again, another protest and once again Brazil shows how divided it is really is along lines of race and class. Just for the sake of … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · 37 Comments

Brazil’s Workers’ Party has been in power since 2002 with strong support from Afro-Brazilians – But does the party simply exploit the black vote to remain in power?


Note from BW of Brazil: In reality, if we study other situations around the world, this scenario is quite familiar. Underprivileged black populations lend their loyalty to a party that … Continue reading

June 4, 2015 · 5 Comments

Accusations of xenophobia, elitism and prejudice spread as Brazilian doctors jeer and boo the arrival of Cuban doctors


Note from BW of Brazil: Health care, politics and prejudice are at the forefront of the latest controversy and debate in Brazil. As reported here on the blog previously, the … Continue reading

September 6, 2013 · 5 Comments

Antonieta de Barros: Journalist, teacher and the first black woman to become a state representative in Brazil


Antonieta de Barros, teacher, journalist, writer, was the first black woman to become a state representative of the country and the first woman state deputy of the state of Santa … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

While choice between two black women for vice-mayor is historic in Salvador, others argue that it is simply symbolic in a political power structure dominated by white males


Olivia Santana and Célia Sacramento: common history of struggle for social equality and racial affirmation by Kleyzer Seixas Regardless of the outcome at the polls on October 28, Salvador will … Continue reading

October 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Terezinha da Silva elected first female mayor in a southern city of a 93% white population


Victory for a black candidate in a city of German colonization is considered a milestone in the city of Dois Irmãos. On the streets, the future mayor received hugs and … Continue reading

October 22, 2012 · 2 Comments