Boliva’s “cholitas” redefine what it means to be female and indigenous

Americas Now

Throughout much of Latin America, being indigenous and a woman can be a double setback, often times signaling two strikes against a life. That was the case for a long time in Bolivia.

But twelve years ago the mostly indigenous nation elected a new president – a male leader who shared their cultural heritage and background. Evo Morales made promoting local peoples a priority. He also helped advance the lives of indigenous women.

Today, they play a strong role in society and are breaking new ground across various fronts, including the professional one, with atypical occupations ranging from midwifery, to mountain climbing, to pro wrestling.

Correspondent Gerry Hadden has more from Bolivia.

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