How much of your chance of finding a soul mate depends on math and geography? Around the world, there is a slight imbalance of 101 men for every 100 women, but this can vary wildly in specific places around the world. Take the UAE for example, which has a ratio of 219 men for every 100 women. And in the opposite direction, for every 100 women in Russia, there are only 89 men. Clearly a wide imbalance will make it impossible for everyone to find a partner, but at least there is a fighting chance. Not so in Noiva do Cordeiro, Brazil. In this small town of just 600 residents, almost all of them are young single women between the ages of 20 and 35.
Noiva do Cordeiro was founded in 1891 by a woman named Maria Senhorinha de Lima. She was excommunicated from the church for leaving a man she was forced to marry. She settled with a number of like-minded single mothers and single women. In 1940 a pastor came to town and married a young 16-year-old girl. He made lots of rules that subordinated women. When he died in 1995, the women of the town tore down the church and decided men would never rule them again.
Today, the town is completely controlled by women. From town laws, to farming to religion, women make all the decisions. The husbands of the few married women residents must leave the town during the week and can only visit on weekends. Male children are sent away at the age of 18.
Rosalee Fernandes, a resident of Noiva do Cordeiro said: “There are lots of things that women do better than men. Our town is prettier, more organized, and far more harmonious than if men were in charge.”
“We share everything, even the land we work on. Nobody competes with anyone here. It’s all for one, and one for all.”
While the young women of Noiva do Cordeiro do not want to leave their town, they do want to fall in love and get married. They recently have invited men who are willing to live in a women’s world under women’s rules to come to their town. The response has been so great that their website has crashed.