Although Brazil is the country that produces many of the world’s top football players, people are passionate about this king sport, but women are not allowed to touch the ball and suffer from stigma.
A good example is Orlando Pride club striker and Brazilian national women’s team Marta Vieira da Silva, a player considered the legend of Brazilian women’s football. She is not only the record holder for the number of goals scored at women’s World Cups (with 15 goals, surpassing the previous record of 14 goals by Birgit Prinz), but she is also the only female player 5 won the title of FIFA Player of the Year in a row from 2006 to 2010.
However, with a massive achievement and endless love for football, Marta, like many other Brazilian women, has a lot of trouble playing this sport.
Marta was born in 1986, seven years after the law banning women from practicing professional sports due to “no femininity” was abolished. This act went into effect from 1941 to 1979, for such a long time, social prejudice still existed after the ban was lifted is not too surprising. It even affects the society today.
Born in a small town of impoverished Alagoas state in northeastern Brazil, Marta had to fight to be recognized as a professional player. She said, when she was young, every time she played football, she was always the only girl among a group of boys. Not only that, her family also banned and even she would be fined if she was discovered playing soccer because they thought that girls were not allowed to play football.
Marta is one of the rare cases in Brazil to become a famous female player in a society full of prejudice. Until now, there are many other young girls struggling to pursue their dreams.