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Lemann Lecture Series | Thaís Duarte Zappelini | The Lipstick Lobby and the Letter of Brazilian Women to the Constituent Assembly: Engendering Democracy and Rethinking Feminist Movements to Shape Law and Society

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The Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies
Coble Hall 306
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Mar 5, 2024   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Thaís Duarte Zappelini is a postdoctoral research associate at the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. With a Ph.D. and master's degree in politics and economic law from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (São Paulo, Brazil), her interdisciplinary research focuses on gender relations and the role of law in late 20th century Brazil.
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The “Lipstick Lobby” was a 1980s political mobilization to elect Brazilian women to congress as participants of the Constituent Assembly. This talk addresses the gains of the Lipstick Lobby and analyzes its strategies to take advantage of the political opening created by the transition from dictatorship, raising awareness among parliamentarians and civil society about Feminist and women's agendas. This was an unprecedented mobilization of Brazilian women to rethink rights and shape democratization. The Lipstick Lobby worked to change the legal status of women at the constitutional level, even though ordinary law continued to limit civil acts and self-determination to Brazilian women. 

This is a hybrid event. Food will be provided for in-person attendees.

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