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Has there ever been a female dictator?

  1. profile image0
    rakubaposted 7 years ago

    Has there ever been a female dictator?

    1. pisean282311 profile image60
      pisean282311posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      many in history..but are you talking about recent times?..Indira Gandhi imposed emergency in India and for two years ruled as dictator...Her official post was prime minister but her orders were law during those two years...

  2. thooghun profile image83
    thooghunposted 7 years ago

    Lady Gaga has single handedly enslaved an entire generation and permanently handicapped their creative impulses.

    Yes.

    1. Daniel Carter profile image74
      Daniel Carterposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      But if you're a fan of hers, she has liberated you by being able to express yourself in nightmare-before-christmas fashion, as well as in many other politically incorrect ways, such as wearing meat.

      Depends on your point of view. I think she's completely weird. She knows what she's doing and it's manipulation and it sells. And I like her music, as formulaic as it may be. She's smarter than the masses.

    2. Dave Harris profile image74
      Dave Harrisposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Fantastic thooghun LMAO!!!

  3. Rajab Nsubuga profile image61
    Rajab Nsubugaposted 7 years ago

    I find mothers silent dictators.

    1. Stories Inc. profile image75
      Stories Inc.posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      What do you mean 'silent'?!

  4. Mikeydoes profile image76
    Mikeydoesposted 7 years ago

    That is a really good question. I can't think of one, but if you really think about it so many things in history are buried. Anything is possible and so many things are unknown. There were very powerful women in the past, so who really knows?

  5. Daniel Carter profile image74
    Daniel Carterposted 7 years ago

    Yes, at least two that I know of. Thankfully, we are no longer married. And life is better.

  6. kephrira profile image57
    kephriraposted 7 years ago

    Dictator is quite a modern word. There have been many, many female monarchs over the centuries who had absolute power, but we don't usually use the word dictator for these historical figures as it is usually reserved for people who take power themselves rather than inherit it and have some kind of political philosophy (like communism) driving them. I can't think of a woman who fits the usual use.

  7. Sab Oh profile image53
    Sab Ohposted 7 years ago

    Catherine the Great

    The Emperess Dowager

    1. profile image0
      china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      An Empress is not a dictator, she is an Empress, it says so in the title.

      1. Flightkeeper profile image72
        Flightkeeperposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        lol

        I didn't know that "dictator" was a title. big_smile

        1. profile image0
          china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Then you better go look it up !

          1. Flightkeeper profile image72
            Flightkeeperposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            So what leader had that fabulous title?

            1. Johnnie Black profile image58
              Johnnie Blackposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Originally it was a position in the roman republic, which was only occupied during periods of emergency rule.

              But in modern english "dictator" is a description, not a title.

              An empress can be a dictator, if she has unchecked power.

      2. Sab Oh profile image53
        Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        An emperor or empress is a dictator

      3. Stories Inc. profile image75
        Stories Inc.posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        How many call themselves president, which is also in the title, but that doesn't make them any less of a dictator, does it?

  8. habee profile image94
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    My husband would answer with a resounding YES!

    Johnny, take your pills.
    Johnny, you need to rest.
    Johnny, eat something.
    Johnny, take your vitamins.
    Johnny, drink your Ensure.
    Johnny, do your breathing treatments.

    He's prolly ready to go back to ICU! lol

    1. Flightkeeper profile image72
      Flightkeeperposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Habee, it sounds like he's doing well.  Very glad to hear it.

    2. profile image0
      china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Oh great !!  you got him home where you can beat him up then ?? smile

    3. prettydarkhorse profile image65
      prettydarkhorseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Habee is a loving dictator for sure...

      Hmm to answer the OP, there were so called "women dictators" but then they were team tandem with their hubby who had political powers. Ferdinand Marcos and Imelda Marcos (Philippines) and Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife - Romania. But of course history will judge them they say, but whose history, we don't know.

    4. lcg4jc profile image75
      lcg4jcposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      LOL! I love it!

  9. profile image0
    Home Girlposted 7 years ago

    Elena Chauchesku in Romania, had been executed I think in 1989. Dark times of a history not so ancient. Had been a Minister and ruled hand in hand with her husband - the main dictator in bloody deeds...

    1. profile image0
      china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I think that would be Mrs Dictator - kinda by association like a Mrs Bush, or a Mrs Pope.

  10. Moxyl profile image79
    Moxylposted 7 years ago

    if you ask my dad, he would say 'my wife' tongue

  11. profile image0
    klarawieckposted 7 years ago

    Have you met my sister?

  12. brianzen profile image60
    brianzenposted 7 years ago

    My girl, talkin' bout my girl.

  13. Stories Inc. profile image75
    Stories Inc.posted 7 years ago

    Well, what do you think about this specimen:
    If she wasn't a dictator, she sure was twisted...
    Read this: Countess Elizabeth
    http://bemistified.blogspot.com/2010/10 … -here.html
    Apart from that, the Egyptian queens Hatschepsut and Cleopatra were solitary rulers. I don't know to what extent you can call them dictators though, given the nature of ruling in that age.

    1. Stories Inc. profile image75
      Stories Inc.posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, there is a certain Chinese woman, who became ruler when her husband, the emperor died, because she had custody over their young son and ruled in his stead, reluctant to surrender the throne to him when he came of age, but I can't remember her name. She was known for indulging in luxury. Do any of you know her name? Let me know if you do.

      1. kerryg profile image87
        kerrygposted 7 years agoin reply to this
        1. Stories Inc. profile image75
          Stories Inc.posted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Could very well be... Thanks for replying.

  14. ahorseback profile image78
    ahorsebackposted 7 years ago

    There will be when all you disgruntled Obama folks vote for Hillary, ha ha, gotcha all!

  15. wilderness profile image97
    wildernessposted 7 years ago

    I thought there was one in most households.  They're called "wives" as a more polite and PC title, but dictators they are!

  16. couturepopcafe profile image60
    couturepopcafeposted 7 years ago

    Attila the Nun

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    Longhunterposted 7 years ago

    I don't know of any female dictators but I do know there's some very serious negotiations and diplomacy taking place in every married man's home, especially during a 5 to 7 day time period each month.

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    prayersposted 7 years ago

    Not sure how you are defining dictator, but Cleopatra comes to mind.

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    Toby Hansenposted 7 years ago

    Cleopatra, Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi, Megwati Sukarnaputri.

  20. moncrieff profile image78
    moncrieffposted 7 years ago

    Monarchs are not dictators by definition. Dictators are more likely those who violate the law of their country by indulging their own political whimps. So if Catherine the Great might have been the cruelest ruler, she was not a dicator, for the law endorsed her absolutism.

    Hmmm... I find it hard to find a female dictator in history, if we're not talking about wives of dictators.

  21. LondonGirl profile image86
    LondonGirlposted 7 years ago

    there's S├╝khbaataryn Yanjmaa who was President of Mongolia for a while (not elected, I don't think) and Khertek Anchimaa-Toka during the 1940s in Tuva. Tuva then became part of Russia. Her obit is here http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/commen … 269130.ece

    Also Soong Ching-ling in China in the late 1960s.

  22. profile image0
    Aleister888posted 7 years ago

    While not quite a dictator, Semiramis certainly deserves mentioning as a strong female figure, for what i feel is not the best of intentions... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semiramis

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    ApiPhanieposted 7 years ago

    have to agree with the Margaret Thatcher comment, she was elected to be prime minister but the things she did!

 
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