Overview of Brazil, discussing historical, political, economic, & social aspects from the perspective of a new leader.
Women have been largely ignored in the histories of Latin America, which are traditionally written as if women scarcely existed. This has started to change recently with the rise of social and economic history as a discipline. Women in Latin America live in a male-dominated society and have had to adapt to that social form. Sexual and economic roles are closely intertwined in Latin America. More and more women in this century have found occupations outside the home, such as in the classroom, in the factories, in commercial establishments, and in offices. They have also become part of the government and government bureaucracies. Women holding professional positions suffer from inequities in salary and treatment, as they do elsewhere, but they also enjoy many of the benefits denied the mass of urban women living in slums or performing menial tasks.