Public Figure Profiles

Ester de Figueiredo Ferraz

Esther Figueiredo Ferraz (February 6, 1916 – September 23, 2008) was the first female Minister to serve in the government of Brazil. Ferraz served as the Brazilian Minister of Education from 1982 until 1985.Esther Ferraz was born in São Paulo on February 6, 1929. She was a member of the Academia Paulista de Letras. Ferraz earned a law degree and became a lawyer. She went on to become the first woman to chair the Brazilian Bar Association (Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil), or OAB, beginning in 1949. Ferraz later became the first woman to teach and lecture at the University of São Paulo (USP).She served on the São Paulo state Board of Education from 1963 to 1964. Ferraz held the post of Director of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture (Diretora do Ensino Superior do Ministério da Educação e Cultura) from 1966 until 1967 under the government of Castelo Branco. She later served on the Federal Council of Education (Conselho Federal de Educação) between 1969 and 1982.Esther Ferraz became the first female Minister of Education and Culture from 1982 until 1985 under the government of President João Figueiredo. In doing so, she became the first woman to head a Brazilian government ministry.She authored several books, including Mulheres Freqüentemente and Prostituição e Criminalidade Feminina, which dealt with women and prostitution.Esther Ferraz died of a stroke at the Hospital do Coração in São Paulo on September 23, 2008, at the age of 92.

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Some of their strengths

Ester de Figueiredo Ferraz has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Altruistic, Passionate, Intuitive, Feeling, Bold, Confident, and Energetic.

Idealistic and Altruistic

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Ester de Figueiredo Ferraz is someone who is an idealist and an altruist who possesses an innovative, intellectual, and analytical mind, and who approaches life in an optimistic and easygoing manner. A person who is known for being a good partner.

Constant and Serious

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Ester de Figueiredo Ferraz well know them as someone who can be determined, unmoving, and firm, like a rock or a high mountain.

Imaginative and Sentimental

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Ester de Figueiredo Ferraz as someone who is imaginative, sentimental, and in touch with emotions.

A person who has extremely good memory and analytical skills, likes to make sure that everyone gets along, enjoys all kinds of situations and people, has a talent for travel and languages, and who makes lifelong friends.

Altruistic and Ambitious

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Ester de Figueiredo Ferraz is someone who is the type of person who rallies behind a group, cause, or community, and who enjoys being dedicated to a higher cause of some sort.

They are also someone who is balanced, stable, and energetic, who likes the idea of home and family, and who is very comfortable being the person in charge.

Altruistic and Innovative

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Ester de Figueiredo Ferraz tends to be someone who sacrifices things for the good of others and wants to do "good" in the world. Who is often thought of as an innovator or rebel who thrives when trying to chase a breakthrough of some sort, who has a clear and sound mind, and who can be charming and sociable.

Some of Ester de Figueiredo Ferraz's challenges

While Ester de Figueiredo Ferraz has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Ester de Figueiredo Ferraz can be Rebellious, Emotionally Distant, Complicated, Brusque, Arrogant, Status-seeking, and Irritable.

Rebellious and Emotionally Distant

One of Ester de Figueiredo Ferraz's key challenges is that they are someone who can be rebellious and emotionally distant.

Ester de Figueiredo Ferraz must also exercise caution as they can have a hard time reconciling wants and needs.

Irritable and Moody

Ester de Figueiredo Ferraz is someone who can be irritable and moody, have a tendency to experience self-doubt, be too secretive, can take too many risks, and who can have an extreme approach to managing personal finances.

Serious and Callous

Finally, Ester de Figueiredo Ferraz also can be too giving, come across as too "high and mighty", and can have a hard time expressing feelings.

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