October 31st, 2010
10:29 PM ET

Brazil elects nation's first woman president

Brazil's new president-elect vowed to continue her predecessor's move to fight against inequality and promote human rights and fight poverty in her victory speech Sunday night.

"My mission is to eradicate poverty," Dilma Rousseff said after the country's Supreme Electoral Tribunal declared her the winner in Sunday's runoff election.

As the nation's first woman to hold the office, Rousseff said she has a mission to fight for more gender equality in Brazil.

"I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say yes, women can."


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  1. Big Andy

    Couldn't care less about them electing a woman. i just hope she can sort out that ultra-violent garbage pit before the Olympics.

    November 1, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Brieske

    I wrote the second comment in response to the poser.

    November 1, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomcat

      @ Jim Brieske..... You are a pathetic human, you write a post and get your dumb azz jumped on by Jennifer so your spineless azz trys to back out of your first post by claiming you didn't write it??? Come on!!!!!! Who in their right mind would want to impersonate your sorry azz???

      November 2, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Brieske

    Gilbert. Once again you low comprehension reading skill leveled person, show where I wrote, I like China.

    I fear China! That is what I expressed using many words which you misinterpreted as liking them.
    Fuk. I hate Walmart! Don't ever attribute words to me again. I have already told you once in the past, show me where I wrote, I like China.
    This is twice now.

    November 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Avon Barksdale

    Good for her and Brazil! Most American's still think only men can be president. Hopefully this type of thinking will come to an end in the near future. There are plenty of women who are qualified to run for president in 2012. I think it's time for all American's to actually mean it when we tell our kids, GIRLS & BOYS that they can do or be anything they want to be if they put their mind to it and work hard. Let's step into the 21'st century. This goes for the rest of the world also.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • theresa

      This is not about men x women. This is about honest and qualified people and she is not either. Believe me. I know about Brasilian politics and it is not pretty. Do not talk about something you do not know. Stick to our politians here in America and you will have plenty to talk about.

      November 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Avon Barksdale

    Vote for Barksdale in 2012!

    November 2, 2010 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. tomcat

    Ya man, who would do that?

    November 2, 2010 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Alex

    my condolences to all my fellow brazilian friends!

    what good could come from a party that in 8 years robbed the country more than any others in 20 years of history?
    what good could come from a president who used to rob banks to support her militia?
    what good could come from a party that affiliates with IRAN, CUBA, VENEZUELA and COLOMBIA?

    Good luck Brazil

    November 2, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
    • theresa

      Yeah.... As a Brasilian I am very sad too.....

      November 3, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Avon Barksdale

    Jim cool yall, he my boy.

    November 2, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
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