Isabel Martínez de Perón Biography
(Former President of Argentina)
Birthday: February 4, 1931 (Aquarius)
Born In: La Rioja
Isabel Peron is a former President of Argentina; the first woman to hold this position. She also holds the distinction of being the first female president of any country in the world. She was married to the former president, Juan Peron, and during her husband’s third term as president from 1973 to 1974, she served as both vice president and First Lady. She was made the president following her husband’s death. The daughter of a lower middle-class family, she struggled throughout childhood due to financial insecurity. Unable to continue her education beyond the fifth grade, she became a nightclub dancer as a young girl. She became acquainted with Juan Peron, a politician who was 35 years her senior, while he was on exile. The powerful politician who was at that time a widower, immediately became attracted to the young dancer’s beauty and began living with her. The couple soon married as their live-in relationship was unacceptable to the conservative society. Following her marriage she too became involved in politics and was made the vice president upon her husband’s election to presidency, and the president upon his death. Her tenure was, however, fraught with controversies and she was forced to go into exile.