A épica da pobreza: mulheres imigrantes
Between the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries the Italian emigration to the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul was predominantly familiar and included in the system of small peasant properties planned by the local government. Historiography has ignored for decades the role of immigrant women in this context and the author of this essay was among the first scholars to get them out of the shadows. Summarizing part of the results of two extensive research, Loraine Slomp Giron follows here the paths of women who, by becoming owners or small businesswomen, have left traces of themselves in the archives and in memory. Stories of women highlighting the creative adaptation to a situation of double marginality, social and gender-based, in the daily struggle against poverty.