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Brazil’s Female Farmers Join Forces To Fight Attacks, Discrimination, Lack Of Opportunity


SAO PAULO, Brazil — The endless fields of soy and corn outside Norma Gatto’s window sent her into a panic. Harvest was coming, and her husband was dead, killed in a work dispute with a farmhand.

Gatto, who grew up around agriculture but had never planted anything herself, was left to raise her three boys and manage their burgeoning farm in Brazil’s heartland on her own.

I’m doomed, she thought.

“It was the worst moment of my life,” she says. “I had to be Mom and Dad, help heal my children’s pain, and do something I had never done before — [farm]work.”

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