Bachelet and Vallejo are Newsweek’s Fearless Women

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet Speaks at the Women, Health and Development Conference, Paraguay
Michelle Bachelet, via UN Women Gallery on flickr.

Former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet and student protest leader Camila Vallejo both formed part of Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women.

Bachelet was Chile’s president from 2006 to 2010, and left office with the highest approval rating in Chilean history. Prior to that, she served as Minister of Health and Minister of Defense. She is currently the director of U.N. Women.

Camila Vallejo
Camila Vallejo, via Marcos S. González Valdés on flickr.

Vallejo is a 23 year old geography student at the University of Chile, who was the president of FECH, the university’s student government, last year. She led Chilean students to convoke the largest protests since Chile’s transition to democracy in 1990, and enjoyed widespread support from the Chilean public. Currently vice-president of FECH, Vallejo promises to continue being an influential figure in Chile’s quest for education reform.

Other Latin American women featured on the list include: Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Brazilian president Dilma Roussef and Olga Sánchez Cordero, member of the Mexican Supreme Court.

For more information, check out this article from I Love Chile, written by IFSA-Santiago student Kiki Lenihan.