Analysis: Rousseff’s Mirage, or Why Brazilian Women Are Lacking in Elected Positions

Parties cheat on the 30 percent quota for women, which means that women are only 15 percent of those elected to the National Congress, state Legislative Assemblies, City Halls and City Councils.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Brazilian Senate used a Christmas recess to make a small reform of historical significance. When the works were completed, the plenary finally had a women's bathroom. This was only a few years ago, in 2016.

Until then, the 12 female senators, like all their predecessors, had to use the bathroom in the adjacent restaurant. After years of complaints, the female representatives of popular sovereignty succeeded in having the men's restroom split in two. The long struggle to secure this restroom in Brasília - with buildings designed by the genius of Oscar Niemeyer as . . .

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