Brazilian Supreme Court and its new perspective of feminist consitutionalism: the effects of tax on gender inequality

Feminist constitutionalism has been being an interpretation guideline for Brazilian Supreme Court for almost 20 years. Since the early 2000’s, the Court has been provoked to analyze themes related to women’s rights in different areas of law (e.g. individual rights, social security, labor, criminal and electoral).
The lack of minoriy representation on Parliament is one of the reasons why Brazilian Judiciary acts. Unsurprisingly the recent debate about the impacts of tax on gender inequality reached Brazilian Constitutional Court.
The Court is now called to answer if tax laws are indirectly discriminatory against women. It means that the Court is being pushed to elucidate if tax laws that result on a bigger tax burden to women than to men are unconstitutional according to the general clause of gender equality.
Therefore the paper proposes to exam the role of tax on gender inequality in Brazil and how the Supreme Court could arise as one of the most important players on this debate.