BRAZIL: The Women

The scent of the devil is in the air, said the vicar of Miguel Pereira, as more than 100 women from all over Brazil gathered last week in this scenic, peaceful mountain town northwest of Rio de Janeiro. A smirking TV crew crowded into the local beauty shop, where business was booming. "No reason to get concerned over this conference," jeered a Miguel Pereira attorney. "It's mostly for women to give vent to their vanity." Sniffed a local garbage man: "If they want equality, let them collect garbage."

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