On January 1, 2011, Brazil will inaugurate its new President Dilma Rousseff, who will take office as Brazil’s first female head of government. In her twenties, Rousseff joined various left-wing and Marxist guerrilla groups who fought against military dictatorship. She was eventually arrested, tortured and jailed before rebuilding her life and starting a career in politics. Rousseff is an economist and politician succeeding the popular Lula.
Still drastically outnumbered in positions of power, women comprise a very small percentage of political and religious leaders, top-business owners and economic decision makers around the globe. According to a recent online article from Forbes, 18 out of 195 nations - or 9% of the world’s countries are lead by females (numbers include Rousseff). Of the Forbes 400 richest people in the world, 11% are women billionaires. Of the US' 500 largest publicly traded companies, 3% of CEO’s are female. And 0% of religious world leaders are women. WTF.
Forbes:The World’s Most Powerful Feminists and Least Powerful Women http://blogs.forbes.com/carolinehoward/2010/11/04/the-worlds-most-powerful-feminists-and-least-powerful-women/
Words from Brazil http://www.wordsfrombrazil.com/?cat=4