Brazil is in 142nd place on female representation around the world, according with study by Inter-Parliamentary Union. It shouldn´t be so, because female voters outnumbers by far male voters. In the 2008 elections, there were 5 million more female voters than male – a difference of around 4% of the voting population. The October general elections in Brazil are expected to have the biggest participation of women in the country’s history. On the federal level, Brazil has only ten female senators (out of 81), 45 female deputies (representatives) (out of 513), two female justices on the Supreme Court (out of 11) and, during his almost eight years in office, president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has had six different women in his cabinet at different times (two at the moment). This year, two major candidates for the presidency will be women: the internationally acclaimed former Environment Minister, Marina Silva, for the Green Party; and president´s Luis Inácio Lula da Silva hand picked candidate for the Workers Party´s, current Lula´s Chief of Staff, Dilma Rousseff.

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