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Rousseff's first year in office benefits women in the nation

December 30, 2011

Dilma Rousseff is closing out her first year as Brazils' first female president, and her time in office has been seen as widely beneficial. Her work has especially helped women in the nation, and other countries are looking to her as an example of how women can change the face of politics, according to The Associated Press.

"She has a different attitude, she's showing that she has guts," Maria do Socorro Sousa Braga, a political scientist at the Federal University of Sao Carlos, told the news source. "This is going to help women go after what the want, become autonomous, take on more, join the fight."

Those who are living abroad may want to take time in the new year to make calls to Brazil and discuss Rousseff's first year. The president has opened a number of daycare centers, initiated health programs for women and children, and been a champion of diversity and education, so there should be plenty to talk about.

According to the Washington Post, Rouseff's popularity has encouraged other female politicians to run for office. There are currently 47 women candidates running campaigns to become mayors of the nation's 26 state capitals. 


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