Guess who’s being called the most powerful woman in the world? If you live in Brazil, you’d know. It’s Dilma Rousseff (pictured), president-elect of Brazil and home to a third of Latin Americans whose $1.5 trillion economy is bigger than that of India or Russia. Rousseff takes office Jan 1.
The real story here – and to a certain extent across the Latin American region, historically known for its machismo – is that Brazilian voters were largely unconcerned about electing a woman as president. In the past five years, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Chile have also elected women leaders, and now Latin America has 4 of the world’s 18 female heads of state. While they are held up as symbols of women’s rights in the nations they head, voters have said that other considerations – from their economic policies to keeping the status quo in the nation – have played a far greater role in their choices than gender.
We’ve come a long way. Read the entire article here.
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Posted by: Laurel Delaney