Congratulations, Brazil!

On electing your first female president, continuing a growing trend in Latin America.

What's notable about President Dilma Rousseff's victory, is that she is a leftist, socialist, populist politician. Women who break the glass ceiling on national or state leadership in Europe and North America are frequently more conservative than their average countrywomen at the time of their election (see: Margaret Thatcher and Angela Merkel, as examples). Rousseff, however, bucked that convention. Cool.

Which has not stopped her opponents (and some of her allies intending to be complimentary) from dubbing her the Iron Lady for her "somewhat brusque manner and reputed short temper." Of course.

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