Happy Birthday to President Dilma Vana Rousseff

Happy Birthday to Dilma Vana Rousseff, the first woman elected as President of Brazil.  Rouseff was born on December 14, 1947 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  Her road to political success was difficult.  As a young woman, she joined a political activist group and was jailed for three years, and tortured while in prison. In 2002, Rousseff was appointed as Energy Minister by then President “Lula”, where she promoted research for alternative energy.  (Please see February 10, 1980 for more on Lula.)  Rousseff was next promoted to Chief of Staff, and she and Lula launched a number of reforms for Brazilian society.  Rousseff’s additional life roles are as mother, grandmother, and cancer survivor. As President, she hosted the world in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

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