she was chosen to head "UN Women", a newly created UN entity that promotes gender equality.
Bachelet accepted the presidential sash from Senate President Isabel Allende, the daughter of Chile's late
Socialist President Salvador Allende. Both women have had remarkable lives given the hardships both have had to
endure. Michelle Bachelet's father Air Force General Alberto Bachelet was loyal to the idea of democracy
and to the Allende presidency and because of this on September 11, 1973, the day of the Pinochet/U.S. coup
was jailed. General Bachelet died March 12, 1974 in one of Pinochet's prisons, he died of a heart attack
after being tortured. Michelle Bachelet and her mother were also imprisoned for a short time but
fortunately they were able to flee the country spending about a year in Cuba and 15 years in Mexico.
Another interesting milestone for Bachelet was that prior to her winning the presidency she had spent
time as head of the Chilean Military. An action taken to ensure that the abuses of the past would never
2014 brought two firsts, one was Michelle Bachelet serving two terms as president (since the
restoration of democracy) and the other is Isabel Allende being Senate President, this is the first time
Chile has had a woman hold the leadership position in the Senate.
Bachelet has put one of her primary goals to be improving Chile's education system also she has said she will
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