Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff


Dilma Rousseff is a Brazilian economist and politician who served as the 36th President of Brazil, born on 14 December 1947, In Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Family Background:

She is the daughter of Pedro Rousseff and his wife Dilma Jane Da Silva, a schoolteacher. she has two siblings Igor and Zana.

Personal Life:

She married twice in life. In 1968, She married Journalist Claudio Galeno Linhares. They divorced in 1981. After her separation with Galeno, she married Carlos Franklin Paixao de Araujo, with him, she had first and only child a girl Paula Rousseff. They divorced in 2000.


She received her education at ‘Our Lady of Sion’ and then she received her high school education at ‘Central State High School’. In 1977, She had completed her graduation from the Rio Grande do Sul Federal University.


Between 1986 and 1988, she had been appointed the Secretary of Finance for Porto Alegre. In 1993, she found the role of Secretary of Mines, Energy, and Communication, where her contribution was impressive, with energy efficiency and power production increased considerably within the Rio Grande do Sul. In 2003, She had been appointed as Minister of Mines and Energy by Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva that time’s President. after two years in 2005, She had been appointed as Chief of Staff. By 2010, She had fully engaged herself to the presidential campaign, with promises of maintaining Lula’s reforms and policies, and widespread support. On October 31, 2010, with more than 56% of votes, she won the election, and On January 1, 2011, she had been sworn in as a president of Brazil. As the president of Brazil, her domestic agenda had been ensuring economic stability, batting of poverty, tax, and political reforms and of course job creation. Throughout her political career, There had been accusations of political corruption, which resulted in the resignation of five cabinet ministers, and the arrest of six government officials, of which, two she fired herself. On October 26, 2014, She had been re-elected, President with the narrow margin of victory and she continues to serve her term to this day.

Unknown Facts:

  • Her full name is Dilma Vana Rousseff.
  • She is popularly known as ‘The Iron Lady of Brazil’.
  • During her treatment of cancer, she used to wear a wig.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 2011, She received the Woodrow Wilson award.
  • She received Cordon of the Order of Stara Planina award.
  • In 2014, She was ranked fourth in Forbes’ 2014 list of the Most Powerful Women of the World.    

What Can we learn from Her??

Like Dilma Rousseff, Respect your elders and learn from them. Never Ignore your youngers.

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