“Joan Arc of Subversion” Elected as Brazil’s First Female President

by Latina Fatale on 11/01/2010 · 0 comments

in Feminism, Politics

Dilma Rousseff durante missa em Aparecida
Yesterday Dilma Rousseff was elected as the first female President of Brazil. Rouseff joins the ranks of a handful of females who have served as Presidents throughout Latin America, including current female Presidents Laura Chinchilla (Costa Rica) and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (Argentina).

And while women have served in the capacity as President in Latin America since the 1970s, many of us in the United States sat in awe two years ago when Hillary Clinton threw her name into the presidential race. Give me a freaking break.

I’m just starting to read a little more about Dilma Rousseff, who has been given such nicknames as the “Joan Arc of Subversion”, “She Pope of Subversion”, “Iron Lady”, and others. She’s got quite an impressive leftist background, and while it’s clear that she was involved in leftist, subversive organizations against the dictatorship as a young adult, it’s much less clear which facts ring true and which have been highly exaggerated. Rumors swirl that Rousseff organized bank heists and other illegal activities back in her guerilla days, although she claims reports are untrue. At one point she was arrested, imprisoned and tortured repeatedly in prison.

So far the only thing that is on my shit list about her is that she opposes abortion (although at one point it appears that she supported the decriminalization of abortion) and opposes gay marriage (although she supports civil unions).

I can’t wait to read more about her! Viva la mujer!

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