|Often, when an individual wants to achieve extraordinary things that in- dividual will face Herculean obstacles to achieve what to many is viewed as unachievable. Marta Suplicy is an excellent example of a woman who achieved extraordinary things due to her sheer will and desire to improve the lives of the average Brazilian in the city of Sao Paulo.
|She campaigned aggressively on a platform of improved educational opportunities and housing for Paulistas (what the people of Sao Paulo call themselves). Her message of equal opportunity was not welcome by many businessmen. Every step of the way she was criticized for many of her stances on marriage, women and children.
|Divisive propaganda was placed all over Sao Paulo. Some advertisements indicated, “Don’t vote for someone who has used drugs,” implying that Su- plicy herself was a drug addict. Negative photographs of her were pasted all through Sao Paulo. Her adversaries expected her to behave like the stereotypical media image of a woman; weak-kneed and unable to handle criticism.
|Suplicy seemed to relish the negative comments. Many political commentators in Sao Paulo compared her to Hillary Clinton, the former First Lady of the United States. Unbeknownst to the old guard in Sao Paulo, many Paulistas were keen on the comparison. Suplicy’s opponents were unaware of the inchoate rise of a Brazilian form of feminism that was rapidly being accepted and, in some cases, openly welcomed by Paulistas in general.
|The psychoanalyst-turned-politician did not quit the race, and decided to attack her opponents vigorously. Suplicy characterized her opponents as unmasculine and unfit for the job of mayor, a serious charge in the machismo climate of Sao Paulo. And it worked.
|The last days of October 2000 marked the emergence of Stanford- educated Marta Suplicy as a force to be reckoned with in Brazilian politics. As mayor of Sao Paulo, she will be responsible for endorsing many of the future candidates for national office. And, like her American counter- part, Senator Hillary Clinton, Suplicy represents the emergence of a new political animal, the very well connected and powerful female legislator.
1. Based on the above passage, the author contends that individuals who want to achieve extraordinary things
2. The author implies in lines 11-13 that political advertising was utilized by Suplicy’s adversaries to
3. Marta Suplicy and Senator Hillary Clinton are similar in what ways?
4. The “inchoate rise of a Brazilian form of feminism,” mentioned in lines 20-24 refers to
5. According to the passage, the “old guard” most likely represents