Dilma was born on December 14, 1947 in the city of Belo Horizonte. She was raised in an upper-middle class household, her father was immigrant from Bulgaria who worked as a lawyer, and her mother was a teacher.
in the beginning of her political career she associated herself with the group called National Liberation Command, around the time the current president in 1964 was overthrown. While she was a part of that group she married fellow activist Cláudio Galeno Linhares in 1968. They went into hiding after a raid on the Colina safe house ended up with police fatalities. In 1970 she was arrested and wouldn't be released until three years later. During her time in prison she was subjected to torture.
Education and Political Career
After her release from prison she furthered her education, she graduated the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul with a bachelor's degree in economics in 1977. As the dictatorship in Brazil weekend, Rousseff became more active in local politics and was appointed finance secretary for Porto Alegre in 1986. She spent two years as the president of the Foundation of Economics and Statistics. in 1993 she returned to government work as secretary of mines, energy, and communications. She was credited for increasing energy efficiency and power production. She later resigned and pursued a PhD in Economics. Shortly before receiving her degree she became affiliated with the Workers Party. Current president Lula appointed Dilma minister of mines and energy. After Lula's two terms, he was ready to groom her to be his successor and the next president of Brazil.
Presidency and impeachment
Dilma's presidency wasn't the best, being filled with corruption and scandals. In 2011 five of her cabinet ministers resigned because of accusations of corruption. The following year six more Brazilian government officials were arrested on charges of influence peddling and corruption. Brazil's growth rate dropped from a 7.5% to only 1% and in 2013 violent street protests began to appear. Her approval rating dropped dramatically at one point being as low as 30%. When she ran for reelection she had one of the most negative campaigns in Brazil's recent history. When she was reelected, it also had a very negative start. It had one of the biggest scandals at the time, massive demonstrations of protests occurred and from 2015-2016 Dilma was the talk of Brazil as new accusations and speak of corruption came up more often. But finally in may of 2016 she was impeached, ending her presidency.