According to a famous Brazilian soap opera writer, the typical Brazilian woman is a black housemaid named Maria.

In fact, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) shows that there are 11.7 million Marias in Brazil (the most common name in the country) and 54% of the population is black.

A survey released in 2010 by the International Labor Organization (ILO), shows that from a total of 52.6 million domestic workers worldwide, 7.2 million are Brazilians and 93% of them are women.

However, there is no evidence that these combined data confirm the stereotype mentioned above, nor describe properly the profile of the Brazilian women. But it's a good start...


« As Marias » is a series inspired by the Brazilian women. Those that, regardless their color or occupation, are proud, strong and unique!

© 2020 by Leca Araujo 

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