Noiva do Cordeiro, a picturesque Brazilian town in the hills near Belo Vale, is one of the very few all-female settlements in the world. Its 600-odd female residents are mostly between the ages of 20 and 35. They all live by a strict set of rules that allows only women to dominate society – but now they've extended an invitation to potential male suitors.
Of course, that doesn't mean that the men they choose are welcome to live with them. All men – including husbands and sons above the age of 18 – are banished from Noiva do Corderio. They have to work away from home and can only visit during the weekends, reports Oddity Central, a popular website for offbeat news. Girl-power rules in this rural community, and women are in charge of every aspect of life including farming, town planning and religion.
It's an interesting way of life, but the residents of Noiva do Cordeiro believe that it's the best way to live. “There are lots of things that women do better than men.” said resident Rosalee Fernandes, 49. “Our town is prettier, more organised, and far more harmonious than if men were in charge.”
The unique town of Noiva do Cordeiro was founded in the late 19th century, when a woman named Maria Senhorinha de Lima left the man she was forced to marry, for the man she loved. She was branded an adulterer in her hometown in Minas Gerais state, and was chased out of town after the Catholic church excommunicated her and the next five generations of her family.
So in 1891, she went to live away from the local population, and was soon joined by several other single women and single mothers. The entire group was vilified by the locals as loose women. That's when they decided to isolate themselves from the outside world, and founded the town of Noiva do Cordeiro.
Well, Noiva do Cordeiro sounds like a really great place to live in as a woman, except for one glaring problem – there are no men! Although the women of the town are strikingly beautiful, they just find it too hard to meet a potential partner or spouse. “Here, the only men we single girls meet are either married or related to us, everyone is a cousin,” admitted Nelma Fernandes, 23.
So to solve the problem, the town's leaders came up with a proposition – eligible bachelors are welcome to come to the town to meet its women, but only if they're willing to adapt to living in a woman's world.