Dilma Rousseff on the brink of becoming Brazil’s first female president
She currently tops the polls in the country with 49-50% of the votes, ahead of Sunday’s first round election. The Guardian have therefore taken the opportunity to examine this ‘dog-loving, Proust obsessed, former Marxist rebel’ in more depth, and there is little doubt that she is an extremely interesting woman.
From a spell in prison as a consequence of her opposition to Brazil’s former dictatorship to social work in hillside slums, it’s clear that Rousseff has come a long way.
Even more excitingly, she is not the only female candidate in the race, with Green Party representative Marina Silva polling at around 14% of the intended votes.
In fact, women may well have a decisive role to play in the elections outcome, with Brazilian sociologist Fatima Pacheco Jordao declaring “If Dilma can win over female voters [...] she’ll seal it in the first round. The women will decide.”
For more details on this really interesting moment in Brazil’s history, the full article is well worth a read.