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Women Warriors and Leaders in Brazilian History

1835 picture of Brazilian Capoeira by Johann Moritz Rugendas 
Women played a critical role in maroons throughout the Americas particularly holding leadership positions this was the case in the 17th century community of Quilombo dos Palmares. Moreover Historian John Thorton tells us that women outnumbered the men.  Sexually the women of Palmares, he says, shared the men a practice known as polyandry. Palmares' male and female warriors gained a reputation for being fierce fighters after succesfully attacking and plundering Portuguese settlements for food. They repelled attempts to destroy their maroon community until its demise in 1695. In 2012 Dilma Rousseff became Brazil's 36 president and the first woman to hold that office.

The Rise and Fall of Palmares: [Watch Now 159 min 57 sec] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QerkJnAC88

Women's Liberation Movement: [Watch Now 12 min] http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/social_issues/jan-june13/maker_02-26.html

Emily Dickinson Through the Lens of Food

Food and Guns Part 4