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Updated on September 13, 2014

A List of Female Presidents and Prime Ministers of the World

Who was the world's first woman president? Isabel Peron of Argentina earned that title more than three decades ago, but she can't claim the title of the world's first elected female head of state. That position was filled in 1960, and since then dozens of countries, from powerful nations like England and Germany, to smaller countries like Lithuania and Rwanda, have elected women to the top post. Read on to find out which countries have had female leaders.

(Image: German Chancellor Angela Merkel by Aleph via Wikimedia Commons)

First Woman President - the Title is Already Taken in Many Countries

Even countries like Senegal and Haiti have elected women leaders

Ask your average American about female heads of state and my guess is that most could name a few - perhaps Margaret Thatcher, Cory Aquino or Angela Merkel, depending on their age and knowledge of history. But ask who was the very first woman in the 20th century to become prime minister of a nation and most would probably draw a blank. And if they had to guess the year -- how many would know it was 1960? And the country? Even more improbable - it was Sri Lanka. Even before Indira Gandhi and Golda Meir, Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka was blazing a trail for female politicians.

Since then, more than 50 women have been elected heads of state. Some countries, such as the Philippines, New Zealand and Ireland, have already elected women leaders two or more times (New Zealand has only had two female heads of state, but the current prime minister is serving her third term). Surprised? Then read on.

First Woman President in the World - Isabel Peron
First Woman President in the World - Isabel Peron

Who Was the First Female President in the World?

Hint: Say hello to our friends in South America

Isabel Peron of Argentina was the world's first woman president. She took office in 1974, becoming the first woman to lead a South American country. Like many other women who have become head of state, Peron was the wife of a previous president, Juan Peron, and she actually served as vice president during his third term.

When Juan Peron died in office of a heart attack, she assumed the presidency. But unlike Peron's second wife, Eva Peron, who became immortalized by the play "Evita," Isabel Peron was not popular and she was overthrown by a coup d'etat in March 1976.

(Public domain image of Isabel Person from Wikipedia)

List of Women Presidents, Prime Ministers and Heads of State

In order of the year they took office

Sirimavo Bandaranaike, prime minister of Sri Lanka - 1960, 1970, 1994

Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India - 1966, 1980

Golda Meir, prime minister of Israel - 1969

Isabel Peron, president of Argentina - 1974

Elisabeth Domitien, prime minister of Central African Republic - 1975

Margaret Thatcher, prime minister of Great Britain - 1979

Maria da Lourdes Pintasilgo, prime minister of Portugal - 1979

Lidia Gueiler Tejada, prime minister of Bolivia - 1979

Dame Eugenia Charles, prime minister of Dominica - 1980

Vigdis Finnbogadottir, president of Iceland - 1980

Gro Harlem Brundtland, prime minister of Norway - 1981, 1986, 1990

Milka Planinc, federal prime minister of Yugoslavia - 1982

Agatha Barbara, president of Malta - 1982

Maria Liberia-Peters, prime minister of Netherlands Antilles - 1984, 1988

Carmen Pereira, acting president of Guinea Bissau - 1984

Corazon Aquino, president of Philippines - 1986

Benazir Bhutto, prime minister of Pakistan - 1988, 1993

Kazimiera Danuta Prunskiene, prime minister of Lithuania - 1990

Violeta Chamorro, president of Nicaragua - 1990

Mary Robinson, president of Ireland - 1990

Ertha Pascal Trouillot, interim president of Haiti - 1990

Sabine Bergmann-Pohl, president of German Democratic Republic - 1990

Khaleda Zia, prime minister of Bangladesh - 1991, 2001

Edith Cresson, prime minister of France - 1991

Hanna Suchocka, prime minister of Poland - 1992

Kim Campbell, prime minister of Canada - 1993

Sylvie Kinigi, prime minister of Burundi - 1993

Agathe Uwilingiyimana, prime minister of Rwanda - 1993

Susanne Camelia-Romer, prime minister of Netherlands Antilles - 1993, 1998

Tansu Ciller, prime minister of Turkey - 1993

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, president of Sri Lanka - 1994

Reneta Indzhova, interim prime minister of Bulgaria - 1994

Claudette Werleigh, prime minister of Haiti - 1995

Sheikh Hasina Wajed, prime minister of Bangladesh - 1996

Mary McAleese, president of Ireland - 1997

Pamela Gordon, premier of Bermuda - 1997

Janet Jagan, prime minister of Guyana - 1997

Jenny Shipley, prime minister of New Zealand - 1997

Ruth Dreifuss, president of Switzerland - 1999

Jennifer M. Smith, prime minister of Bermuda - 1998

Nyam-Osoriyn Tuyaa, acting prime minister of Mongolia - 1999

Helen Clark, prime minister of New Zealand - 1999

Mireya Moscoso, president of Panama - 1999

Vaira Vike-Freiberga, president of Latvia - 1999

Tarja Halonen, president of Finland - 2000

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, president of the Philippines - 2001

Mame Madior Boye, prime minister of Senegal - 2001

Megawati Sukarnoputri, president of Indonesia - 2001

Maria das Neves, Prime Minster of Sao Tome and Principe - 2002

Beatriz Merino, prime minister of Peru - 2003

Luisa Diogo, prime minister of Mozambique - 2004

Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany - 2005

Yulia Tymoshenko, prime minister of Ukraine - 2005

Michelle Bachelet, president of Chile - 2006

Micheline Calmy-Rey, president of Switzerland - 2006

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of Liberia - 2006

Han Myung-sook, prime minister of South Korea - 2006

Portia Simpson Miller, prime minister of Jamaica - 2006

Pratibha Devisingh Patil, president of India - 2007

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, president of Argentina - 2007

Borjana Kristo, president of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzogovina - 2007

Zinaida Greceanii - prime minister of Moldova, 2008

Dalia Grybauskaite - president of Lithuania, 2009

Laura Chinchilla - president of Costa Rica, 2010

Kamla Persad Bissessar - prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, 2010

Julia Gillard - prime minister of Australia, 2010

Dilma Rousseff - president of Brazil, 2010

Yingluck Shinawatra - prime minister of Thailand, 2011

Park Geun-hye - president of South Korea, 2013

first woman to run for president in the us - victoria woodhull
first woman to run for president in the us - victoria woodhull

Who Was the First Woman to Run for President in the United States?

No, wasn't not Hillary

Victoria C. Woodhull was the first woman to run for president in the United States. She was selected by the Equal Rights Party to be its candidate in the 1872 election.

The Equal Rights Party platform supported women's right to vote and work, among other issues, but Woodhull was soundly defeated in the election by Ulysses S. Grant.

Shirley Chisholm also deserves recognition. In 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Margaret Chase Smith was the first woman to run for the Republican presidential nomination.

Elizabeth Dole is another woman who ran for the Republican presidential nomination during the 2000 elections. She campaigned for the position for several months in 1999, but dropped out of the race before any of the primaries due to a lack of funding.

(Public domain image of Victoria Woodhull from Wikipedia)


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What Was the First Country to Elect a Female Head of State?

You might be surprised!

Sri Lanka was the very first country to elect a female head of state. Sirimavo Bandaranaike was elected prime minister for the first time in 1960 (and later served two more terms) after her husband, Prime Minister Solomon Bandaranaike, was assassinated.

Thirty-four years after Mrs. Bandaranaike first served as PM, she was re-elected. In 1994, Sirimavo Bandaranaike took the office of prime minister again -- the same year her daughter, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, was elected president of the country. You go, girls!

(Public domain image of the flag of Sri Lanka from Wikipedia)

Lives of Extraordinary Women - A book for young children about women leaders and heroes

Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought)
Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought)

As with other titles in this nicely thought-out series, Krull whets readers' appetites with brief biographies of some amazing individuals. Most of these women will be familiar to students, but a few obscure figures are introduced. The writing tends toward gossip in places. (Isabella I of Spain reportedly took only two baths in her lifetime.) Like gossip, each chapter is enticing. A full-page caricature of the subject opens each chapter. The stories are arranged chronologically, beginning with Cleopatra, who reportedly spoke eight languages, and concluding with Guatemalan leader Rigoberta Menchu, who fights for native Indian rights.

 

Two Female Presidents and Counting...

Which country became the first to have one woman succeed another as president?

A few countries have already elected more than one woman to serve as head of state, but Ireland wins the prize for being the first to have one woman succeed another to the post.

Ireland President Mary McAleese assumed the presidency from Mary Robinson in 1997 and was re-elected, without contest, to another seven-year term in 2004. Her term as president ended in 2011.

(Image of Mary McAleese provided by Wikipedia)

Books About Female Leaders - Learn More About These Incredible Women

If you're interested in reading more about female leaders, check out these books about some of the amazing women who had led countries around the world.

Men vs. Women - Who Makes a Better Leader?

Does a person's sex affect their ability to lead a country?

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Female Leaders Who Have Been Assassinated

The dark side of leadership

Although only a small number of women have been elected to lead countries, several have already been assassinated. Two were killed while in office. The third was killed while campaigning:

Indira Gandhi, India's first prime minister, was assassinated by her own bodyguards in 1984 while serving her fourth term as prime minister.

Agathe Uwilingiyimana, who served as prime minister of Rwanda for nearly a year, was assassinated by Hutu soldiers in 1994 during the early days of the Rwanda genocide.

Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's first female prime minister, was assassinated in 2007 while campaigning for another term in office.

(Image of Benazir Bhutto's book cover provided by amazon)

Links About Female Heads of State - Learn more about women leading the world

"Whether women are better than men I cannot say, but I can say they are certainly no worse." - Golda Meir, PM of Israel

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      ChristopherScot1 9 years ago

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      pylemountain1 9 years ago

      Great lens. Congratulations on your Lens of the Day honor. Margaret Thatcher was my favorite women Prime Minister of all time. She was great!

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      Marelisa 9 years ago

      I see you have Mireya Moscoso on your list. Right now a popular choice for Panama's next presidential election (May 2009) is a woman, Balbina Herrera. Great topic for a lens.

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      The world would be a better place with more women in top leadership positions.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      At least for United States, it will still be history when the country will have its first woman president.

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      Pyronaut 9 years ago

      You can't really count jenny shipley for New Zealand. She was not elected. Our prime minister was taken over by her after the party was already in office. She was not an elected prime minister... She got in by ousting the already elected male.

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      Very interesting lens, the US is lagging behind the rest of the world in electing women presidents. 5 stars and congrats on LOTD!

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      whitebison2 9 years ago

      Really nice work on this lens! We are a bit behind the rest of the world, but our day will come.

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      BhareshDedhia 9 years ago

      Yes, it is surprising that Pakistan, India, Srilanka, Bangladesh all have had elected women leaders at the top, being developing countries, and the US, being at the helm of the developed world, has still not had a women president. And probably a few years away, since Hillary does not seem likely to win.

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      thisisamyc lm 9 years ago

      Thanks that was interesting. I had no idea there had been so many women leaders!

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      qlcoach 9 years ago

      Nice research on this and a great lense! Yes, it's time for a woman president in the USA. But prejudice still exists. Please see how I am trying to help people too: http://www.squidoo.com/ebyway

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      Very nice Lens! Welcome to the Squidoo All-Stars Group.

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      Excellent Lens. I like the quality insight you have provided here about Women Presidents and Prime Ministers. Keep up the good work.

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      teamlane 8 years ago

      Nice list lisadh!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Thank you for this great addition to the Our Favorite Squidoo Lenses group!

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I'm a big fan of Mary Robinson, (Maire Mhic Roibin) it's not often you can reach such a position when you're held in contempt by the Conservatives. Gro Harlem Brundtland, who fought against domestic violence, is another hero of mine. But there are women here that I've never heard of! Thanks for bringing them altogether

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      An amazing list of amazing women! So glad to see another reference to one of my favorite amazing women -- Victoria Woodhull. I have her listed along with other Ohio Presidential Particulars in my lens (http://www.squidoo.com/ohpresEVE).

      Thanks!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      My favorite is Michelle Bachelet, Chili's First Woman President It was not that long ago that Pinochet was cutting off the hands of guitar players who played the wrong song, and in 2006 this woman is elected to lead a great democracy!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      My favorite is Michelle Bachelet, Chili's First Woman President It was not that long ago that Pinochet was cutting off the hands of guitar players who played the wrong song, and in 2006 this woman is elected to lead a great democracy!

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      A highly informative lens. I've given this one a 5-star rating.

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      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.

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      TraceyM2 8 years ago

      An amazing lens. Seeing the The Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, brings back some memories. I was in my teens when she was the peak of her power and I remember her in relation to the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland. She's now in a nursing home suffering from alzheimers/dementia. What a sad end for her.

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      rwoman 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining The Profitable Squid!

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      monarch13 8 years ago

      5 stars and rolled to Wise Women of The World!

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      kellywissink lm 8 years ago

      Welcome to The Squidoo 100 Club Group- Kelly

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Great job on this lens, and welcome to Rulers and Royalty.

      I would suggest one minor alteration, which is to change your intro module to read "the title of the world's first ELECTED female head of state" since there have, of course, been very powerful hereditary female heads of state before this.

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      LisaDH 8 years ago

      [in reply to tandemonimom] Good point, and change made! You're right that there have been many women rulers throughout time and before any of the women on this list were elected to their posts. Cleopatra, for instance, predates all of the women on this list.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      women rock the world. women rule the world!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      women rock the world. women rule the world!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Angela Merket, German chanceller is seen omitted from the list of prime ministers, presidents and head of states

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      Marelisa 7 years ago

      Hi, In February of this year (2010) Laura Chinchilla was elected President of Costa Rica. Fabulous lens. :-)

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      LisaDH 7 years ago

      @Marelisa: Hi Marelisa - Thanks for the update. I've added President Chinchilla to the list. Gracias!

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      dating_london 7 years ago

      interesting, no idea there had been so many!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i think it is time for a women to be president

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      Niche-Diva 7 years ago

      I love this lense - a great place to send my daughter who is currently serving as a Young Adviser to the Mayor of my town. 5*

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      Twmarsh 7 years ago

      Great job here. Favorited and lensrolled with my "Mary Robinson" lens!

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      jolou 7 years ago

      It's sad there have been so few women leaders. I really liked Margaret Thatcher. We are starting to see more women as leaders, but it's taken a long time.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      If you wish to learn how first african american president prevented the first lady president from happening in USA pl go to www.firstladypresident.net

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: The time passed in 2008 . How ?

      Pl see www.firstladypresident.net

      It might come again in 2012 or in 2016.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Indira Gandhi was one of the successful Women Prime Minister in India who brought, not only Agricultural revolution but modern techniques also. But the way she was killed was really very shameful on our part. For more on Indian facts: travelindia360(dot)net

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a very good lens, congratulations on LOTD.

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      Great lens. It's very slow progress, but gradually we are getting more and more women in prominent political positions. I was quite a young child when Margaret Thatcher was in power here in the U.K. and didn't realize quite what a big deal it was at the time.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You need to correct your site. Violeta Chamarro was President of Nicaragua after Daniel Ortega, not Prime Minister

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      LisaDH 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Dan - I've corrected my mistake. Thanks so much for catching it!

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      Greatly enjoyed reading this. Blessed by an Angel.

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      I really enjoy this lens! I think US is totally ready for a woman president.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Indira Gandhi institutionalized corruption in India, which gave birth to the money power in politics. numerous Corruption cases like Fairfax, HBJ Pipeline, and HDW Submarine deal followed by the infamous Boforâs deal , Airbus A-320 deal with France involving kickback (1990), Harshad Mehta security scam (1992), Gold Star Steel and Alloys controversy (1992), JMM bribery case, Hawala scam of Rs. 65 crore and Urea scam etc are some of the corruption that happened afterwards, Criminalisation of politics and declaration of emergency and ruthlessly suppressed all democratic movements and freedom of speech and expression also her contribution, and she is the one started dynastic politics in a so called democratic setup!

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      scss 6 years ago

      Well done, interesting lens on this subject - a big well deserved "Thumbs Up" to your for the work on this lens!

      We have a woman prime minister here in oz at the moment, don't yet know that there is anything particularly outstanding about her though.

      I'm a big fan of Thatcher!

      - Helene Malmsio

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was at the inauguration for Laura Chinchilla when she became president of Costa Rica. Following on the heels of Obama it really seemed like we were entering a new world. We'll see!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      yes US is ready 4 a lady president but there is no doubt abt the women in other countries r really doing a wonderful job.GO GIRL POWER(girl power really mean to all females):)

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      The US has BEEN ready for a female president.

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      Krafick 6 years ago

      Women are better. I know of only 3 who defaulted: Indira Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto (corruption) and Isabel Peron. Yes, it's time for the US to elect a woman president.

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      Just dropping by again and once more enjoyed the read. I often wonder what will happen next in America?

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      I think the US is more than ready for a woman president. It depends on the person, but it would be great to see a woman in the White House. What would her husband be called? "First Gentleman?" imho, Hillary would have made a much better president than Obama. :P

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      Petalm 6 years ago

      An interesting subject, nearly all wars were started by men so good for the women to get in charge!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      very good lens!

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      Very empowering, as a woman it makes me feel very proud of what I am. Little girls have something great to look up to. That they need not have to be dancing in some music video to get famous or be married to some powerful man to be known, That they themselves can be powerful and can make a difference in the world we are living in. Love the lens!

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      GetFactsnotHype 5 years ago

      This page of yours is a rare find.

      I added it to my page under related lenses using the discovery tool. It's about colognes of presidents, emperors (empresses) and royalty and other heads of state. You can see my page and yours added there at https://hubpages.com/style/colognes-worn-by-heads-...

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      sallemange 5 years ago

      These women have all made an amazing impact on society

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I knew other countries had elected women leaders - but had no idea there were so many. We are really behind in the U.S.A. - again.

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      CAJABOSS 5 years ago

      Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm ran for United States president in 1972. I remember it well. She was the first African-American to run for president. She was nominated to run as the Democratic Party's presidential candidate.

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      I think Hillary Clinton would make a fine President, especially with her experience as current Secretary of State.

      Costa Rica recently elected a woman President when voters choose Lara Chinchilla to lead their country.

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      Guided Abundance 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I didn't know that about Isabel Peron. I've seen the movie Evita. Very interesting. What do you think about Rosanne Barr seeking nomination from the Green Party?

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Nice compilation. The artificial barriers societies have placed in front of women (and still continue to do so to this day) do nothing but harm the society as a whole. It is important to remember that under a patriarchal or matriarchal society everyone loses in some way. Only in a gender blind society can every enjoy and make use of their rights and privileges equally.

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      Lawrence Hebb 5 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Great lens. Actually if you include Royalty (not a titular head but a Queen who was every bit as "hard nosed" as the men) then you'll find the first female rulers back in Ancient Egypt.

      I loved the clips of Margaret Thatcher

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      tangy 5 years ago

      it was a really great lens.. it has everything you need to know!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Nice lens! Great leaders.

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      SimplyTonjia 5 years ago

      Awesome lens;very enlightening. Thank you.

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      An admirable treatment of a subject that should bring shame to those still fostering an attitude of "separate but equal" for women. This will take repeated efforts to make it better, and your lens is a testament to this. As Margaret Thatcher said, "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it."

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      I knew of course of the few really well know women leaders but not of the very large number that you are able to llist. Thanks for the information. Blessed

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice read. When it comes to women for leaders, I guess, the US still has a gender bias! (Surprisingly so!) :)

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Blessed!

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      What a great lens. If we are ready in Ireland for a woman president -you definitely are in the Land of the Free.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hey good read. but you need to update the info about President Ellen Sirleaf

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      More simply put than Wordwinder: This lens is Squid Angel blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congresswomen Shirley Chishom ran for president in these U.S. She was the first African-American women to run. She should NOT be left out of this history! I'm sure that Mrs Dole would agree.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Wonderful Lens!

      If we had more women as leaders, we'd have less wars. IMHO

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I didn't realize there were so many female leaders. Great compilation!

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for the information! I've updated this page to include Rep. Chisholm, who definitely deserves to be included.

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      Angel_Lou 5 years ago

      My first thoughts were Anglea Merkel, Maggie Thatcher and Eva Duarte Peron. While I'm not crazy about first two mentioned - Evita just encahnces me...

      Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Angel_Lou: Evita was never President, she was the First Lady.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      yes it is obama is leading the people of god astray to allow them to act abomonation.,wemen are more cogruent than men

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      OrlandoTipster 4 years ago

      It's only a matter of time before we have a first one here.

      The there will be both a female pres and vp!

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      Craig 4 years ago from Great Britain

      Maggie did a great job. Who knows what state we would be in now!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The question is not whether women are better leaders or not, the point is that they have a right to contest just as their male counterparts do! It's great to see more and more women vying for high posts, and succeeding...this article shared a lot of info that I was not prvy to! More power to the women of the world who hold up half the sky!!

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      Ronald Tucker 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Hilary Clinton could easily been America's first President. A very capable and skill politician whose career is indicative of her comittment to public service..

      Costa Rica's Laura Chinchilla is the countrys first ever women President. Madame President is to doing a splendid job of leading this Central American country that is often called the "jewel of Centra America".

      President Chinchilla was instrumental in the opening ceremonies for the official opening of the new Nacional Stadium built by the Chinese government as a gift open in March 2010. The $80 million multi-purpose stadium is the newest sports complex in Central America.

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      crossroadsblogg 4 years ago

      interesting facts...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great compilation, i never knew there were so many women presidents in the past. I look forward to seeing Hilary Clinton emerging the next US president and also seeing other capable women taking up the presidency in different Countries of the World, especially Nigeria. History has proved the few women who were given the opportunity to serve, better leaders.

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      greatgifts4u 4 years ago

      Great info! Yes, we're ready for a woman president. It think we've seen that a woman can certainly be strong enough to do the job!

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      Marti Lawrence 4 years ago from Grain Valley, Missouri

      What great information! I would love to see a woman as US President - couldn't do any worse than some of the men we've had :-)

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      What a great lens! Lots of stuff I never knew, when I thought I did!

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      Roxanne Castillo 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for this lens! I learned a lot. I didn't know about the first woman to run for president in the U.S. Definitely some interesting facts here.

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      Ecking 4 years ago

      Thank you for your Lens! I will most definitely come back. Very interesting and valuable stuff on here.

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      Ecking 4 years ago

      Thank you for your Lens! I will most definitely come back. Very interesting and valuable stuff on here.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      You might be interested in knowing that in the 2009 Israel elections, female Tzipi Livni, as head of her political party, won the right to be appointed Prime Minister. Through a strange turn of events known only to the Israel political system, the office of Prime Minister was given to Benjamin Netanyahu, the 'runner-up' as it were.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Shared via Pinterest. I have a board called GIRL POWER. :)

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      WomanPresident 4 years ago

      Yay! Woman Presidents! You go girls!

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Lots of interesting information. Thanks for compiling it.

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      aadam 2 years ago

      some how i don't see janet jagan who was the 1st female president of guyana .(non elected) long before some of these

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