Dilma Rousseff Brazil's First Female President

Early Life

  • Born in Brazil on December 14, 1974
  • 1964- Brazil's current president was overthrown by military officials
  • Teenage Rousseff became involved with the left-wing opposition to the government
  • Got married in 1968 before she got arrested by government forces
  • Was imprisoned for 3 years and released in 1973
  • Became active in local politics
  • Spent two years as president of Foundation of Economics and Statistics

Power and Authority

  • Was sworn into office as president on January 1, 2011
  • Became first female president of Brazil
  • Outlined a domestic agenda that focused on maintaining economic stability, poverty eradication, job creation and tax reform



  • Faced accusations of corruption in 2011
  • Cabinet ministries arrested on charge of corruption
  • Economy was slipping
  • Dilma was charged with responsibility
  • Senate found her guilty of breaking budgetary laws
  • Violent street protests from middle class who were anxious about government
  • Was impeached on December 2, 2015

Wallenfeldt, Jeff. "Dilma Rousseff." Britannica School, 2017. Britannica School. Accessed 20 Mar. 2017.


Quote by Dilma

"I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say 'yes, women can'."

The video is in Spanish but extra credit!


Created with images by Secom UnB - "Dilma Rousseff lança progama Ciência Sem Fronteiras"

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