Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Dilma Rousseff

One woman who gets the honor of being one of the first female leaders in the male-dominated politic world is Dilma Rousseff. She is now the 36th president of Brazil and the first woman to hold that position in Brazil. Before she recorded her name as the first woman president in Brazil, she also became the first woman Chief of Staff to the President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in 2005.

Dilma Vana Rousseff was born on December 14, 1947 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She is a daughter of a Bulgarian entrepreneur, Pedro Rousseff, and grew in an upper middle class family. She went into an elite boarding school run by nuns with French-speaking teachers as her primary education.

She was active in politic since her youth when she attended the Central State High School and became a socialist which turned her to join the coup d’etat against the military dictatorship in 1964. For that, she was captured and jailed from 1970 to 1972. During her guerilla activity in 1964 to 1970, none of her parents knew what she was doing while she was still attending the Minas Gerais Federal University School of Economics.

After her release in 1978, she took a break for awhile and enrolled at the Campinas State University for a master’s degree in Economics. She later continued her politic career and elected as Minister of Energy in 2003. She then assumed office as the Chief of Staff of Brazil in 2005 and finally took office as the president of Brazil in 2011.

Dilma Rousseff was married to Claudio Galeno Linhares in 1968, a fellow activist whom she met in COLINA. Due to the difficult situation they had to face after their marriage, a breakup in inevitable. She then married Carlos Franklin Paixao de Araujo in 1969 and divorced him in 2000. Together they have a daughter named Paula. Dilma Rousseff biography.

Dilma Rousseff biography Summary :

Now 36th President of Brazil

Incumbent Assumed office : 1 January 2011 
Vice President Michel Temer
Preceded by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Chief of Staff of Brazil
In office : 21 June 2005 – 31 March 2010
President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Preceded by José Dirceu
Succeeded by Erenice Guerra

Minister of Mines and Energy
In office : 1 January 2003 – 21 June 2005
President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Preceded by Francisco Luiz Sibut Gomide
Succeeded by Silas Rondeau

Dilma Rousseff Personal details :

  • Born  : 14 December 1947 (age 64) Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Political party : Workers’ Party
  • Spouse(s) : Cláudio Galeno Linhares (1967–1969),
    Carlos Franklin Paixão de Araújo (1969–2000)
  • Children : Paula
  • Residence  : Alvorada Palace
  • Alma mater : Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul


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