Meet Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s New President

Three cheers for Brazil for electing their first woman President. Dilma Rousseff of the Worker’s Party won yesterday’s runoff election against Jose Serra and will be inaugurated this coming January. Learn a bit more about Rousseff here. Feminist agendas in Latin America still need work but hopefully as more women come into positions of power, those issues can get the attention and reform they need.

Let this also serve as a reminder to USians that tomorrow is Election Day. Get the 411 on essential voting info, get out there and vote, and then feel free to get your sexy on, courtesy of Babeland.

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5 comments for “Meet Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s New President

  1. lara
    November 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    the only problem is that she is against abortion and very pro-life!

  2. PrettyAmiable
    November 2, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    See, I always wonder about that. Like, it’s great when women get an office, and it’s amazing when a woman is first elected as head of state by a given country. That said, it’s hard to be excited when you disagree with her policies.

    In the end, I think I’m happy that she’s paving a path for hopefully more liberal-minded women.

  3. Beet
    November 3, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Well, she’s liberal-minded for Brazil, possibly the most liberal-minded since the military dictatorship of the 1960s. You can’t win as pro-choice in Brazil because of the Catholic church is still too powerful. In fact her opponent accused her of being secretly pro-choice and this was the source of some setback for her in October.

  4. Teresa Allen
    November 3, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I think that’s amazing that a women is first elected to office by her people. Within the last few years in the U.S. I have seen women such as Sarah Palin and Hilary Clinton touch charge to run for President and Vice President. Whether I agree with there policies is a different topic, however I do have alot of respect for these woman because they are role models to show that women can get out there and make a difference in the political world just as much as much as men

  5. November 3, 2010 at 9:58 am

    In the Dutch media, it annoyed me that Rousseff was often referred to by her first name, while Lula is referred to by his last name. Is this a common practice elsewhere?

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