On a scholarship, Marielle was able to gain a degree in social sciences and later a master's degree in public administration. Her thesis focused on the law enforcement program to retake control of Rio's favelas from gangs. With over 46,500 votes, Marielle won a seat on the Rio de Janeiro city council.
A black woman and single mother from the favelas, Marielle Franco campaigned against gender violence, for reproductive rights, and for the rights of favela residents. Before her murder, Marielle spoke out against the police brutality and violence.
In March 2018, Marielle was assassinated. Two years on, the crime remains unsolved.