Dilma Vana Rousseff is a Brazilian politician and economist, member of the “Workers’ Party” and was president of Brazil from 1 January 2011 to 31 August 2016. Born into a middle-class family and received a university education, she developed Marxist political positions when she was very young. He began his guerrilla militancy, participating in the armed struggle against the Brazilian military dictatorship (1964-1985) in organizations such as the “C.O.L.I.N.A” (Comando de Libertação Nacional) and the “V.A.R Palmares” (Vanguarda Armada Revolucionária Palmares). He spent almost three years in prison, between 1970 and 1972. He rebuilt his life in the Rio Grande del Sud, where, together with Carlos Araújo, his companion for more than thirty years, he contributed to the founding of the “Democratic Labor Party” ( PDT) and actively participated in several election campaigns. This woman held the position of municipal secretary of the “Fazenda di Porto Alegre” in the government of Alceu Collares and, later, she was state secretary for mines and energy in the governments of Alceu Collares and Olívio Dutra; while in this role, he joined the Workers’ Party (PT) in 2001. He participated in the working group that drafted the program for the energy sector of the electoral campaign of Luiz Inácio Lula, da Silva as president of the Republic in 2002; Lula appointed her as minister of the “Casa Civil”, a sort of interior minister with the functions of undersecretary to the presidency of the council. The Brazilian magazine “Época” put her on the list of the most influential Brazilian women in 2009. She was elected President of Brazil in 2010. Reconfirmed, after winning the ballot of the 2014 general elections, on May 12, 2016 the Senate, with 55 votes against 22, sanctioned the suspension from the office of President of Rousseff (provided for by the Brazilian Constitution for up to 180 days). The functions president were then assumed by the deputy, Michel Temer. On 31 August 2016, the Senate decreed the dismissal of Rousseff, who was succeeded as president by Temer himself.
“Despite the stereotypes still imposed a little today, apart from female emancipation, women play roles as important as men and every day they demonstrate that they know how to live up to their roles. A lot has been done in the past and is being done every day for equal rights between men and women, but there is certainly still a lot to be done.