Dilma Rousseff Biography

Dilma Rousseff Biography

Have you ever wondered about the Brazilian president. Well here is a glimpse of her whole life, childhood and adult. Experience Dilma’s journey, from criminal, to top dog.

Dilma Rousseff is known for her great leadership skills, and the way that she changed her life around. She spent both her childhood, and her adult life as a faithful Brazilian citizen. After struggling through her early life, Dilma eventually became a successful politician. Although she had other minor political careers, Dilma reached her peak of success on January 1st in 2009, when she was elected president. Dilma Rousseff is a determined and independent woman who shows strength by transforming from a heavily pursued Brazilian criminal, into the first female president of Brazil.

Dilma Rousseff grew up sheltered and protected, so she was not exposed to Brazil’s political standings until much later in her life. She was born in Belo Horizonte, the capital city of Minas Gerais, Brazil on the 14th of December in 1947. Dilma grew up in an upper middle class household. Her father Pedro Rouseff was a lawyer, and her mother Dilma Jane Silva was a schoolteacher. Dilma, and her siblings Igor and Zana Lucia all took French and piano lessons throughout their childhoods. Her family lived in a large house with multiple servants. She went to an all girls’ boarding school run strictly by nuns. In 1965 when Dilma was fifteen years old, she switched schools “and became aware of her country’s political situation” (absoluteastronomy.com). Dilma began to call herself by false names in the late 1960’s when she joined several democratic groups fighting against the military and it’s dictatorship. She married to a man named Galeno Linhares in 1968. Galeno Linhares showed Dilma the “underground resistance movement against the dictatorship,” which she was a part of for a few years (absoluteastronomy.com). Dilma was arrested for her resistance acts in 1970, and she remained in prison until 1972. She was tortured for information, but she claims that she withstood the pain and never revealed anything about herself or her intentions (cnn.com). Dilma grew up strong and determined to fight for her country. The impact of this is shown continuously throughout her adult life, and political career.

As Dilma entered adulthood, she began to learn more about herself and what she wanted out of life. As far as political beliefs go, she confirmed her place as a liberal woman. She divorced Galeno Linhares to pursue a serious relationship with Carlos Araujo. Dilma and Carlos decided upon a common-law marriage, a marriage that is not legally documented.  They had their first and only daughter in 1977 (absoluteastronomy.com). They named the girl Paula Rouseff. Dilma attended Campinas State University striving for a master’s degree in economics. After several tries and fails at earning her degree, she settled for a college diploma over a career in economics (absoluteastronomy.com). Thus began her job search, eventually ending in a political career. Around this time Brazil was facing some important changes. To Dilma’s satisfaction, a democracy had returned to Brazil. She discovered in 1994 that Carlos Araujo was having an affair. The couple separated. After six years of separation, Carlos and Dilma went through with a divorce in 2000. In 2002 Dilma’s political career began to excel. She started to work for Luiz Lua, who was the president at the time, as the woman in control of Brazil’s energy use. After serving various other minor political positions, Dilma decided to run for president. In June of 2010, she became the official democratic candidate for Brazil. Her opposition was a right-wing man named Jose Serra. Although Serra presented a real threat, she had not only the support of Brazil, but she had “support of nine political parties” (absoluteastronomy.com). Dilma Rousseff became the first female president of her country on January 1, 2009 (CBC News). Absolute Astronomy says that although her life after the election brought many joys, including her first grandchild, Dilma developed a type of cancer called lymphoma less than a year after the inauguration. Dilma Rousseff stands just as tall and strong now as she did years ago. Her life has presented her many struggles, but throughout all the hardships, she has managed to make it outstandingly far, with many glorious years to come.

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