In an election marked by polarization and strong confrontation between Lulas and Bolsonaristas, the parties have adopted a stance that is less open to gender diversity in the definition of candidacies in the states.
Women are only 1 in 7 pre-candidates for state governments, according to a survey carried out by Folha. The percentage is lower than that recorded in the 2018 elections and could be even lower, since part of them has not yet been endorsed by their parties.
So far, 22 women have been pre-candidates for state governors in a total of at least 161 names that are expected to run for governors of the 26 states and the Federal District - the equivalent of 13.6%.
In 2018, this percentage reached 15%, with 30 female candidates. Four years earlier, there were 20 female candidates, representing 11% of the total number of candidates for state governments.
Only six Brazilian states have elected women governors: Rio de Janeiro, Pará, Maranhão, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul and Roraima.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon