There's a small town in southeast Brazil called Noiva do Cordeiro that's incredibly unique. The entire population is WOMEN. About 600 women live there, and most of them are under 35. (The town's pronounced Noi-ay-va doo cord-AIR-oh.)
It was founded by a woman in 1891 after the Catholic Church excommunicated her for leaving her husband. Then she took in OTHER women who were kicked out of their towns, like prostitutes.
That's how the tradition started anyway. These days, men are basically BANNED . . . there are a few husbands, but they're only allowed in town on weekends. And sons are sent away at 18.
So the women run everything . . . and one woman there says, quote, "it's prettier, more organized, and far more harmonious than if men were in charge."
There's only one problem. A lot of the women are single and lonely . . . so they're considering opening up the town to men for the first time ever.
A 23-year-old woman says, quote, "The only men we single girls meet are either married or related to us, everyone is a cousin. We all dream of falling in love and getting married, but we like living here and don't want to have to leave."
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