Woman Leadership Not An Anomaly

The walls in the halls of many Capitals may be getting a color change as females take more prominent positions.  Nancy Pelosi recently took the mantle as the United States – House of Representative – Speaker.  The position currently held by Pelosi is the highest rank ever held by a woman in US Government history.  With Hillary Clinton being the front-runner for the Democratic Party Presidential nomination, there could be an even higher position held by a woman in the near future.

As not to think that this is a new phenomena, The 800 lb Gorilla provided NottHeads with a list of females ascending to Government leadership positions without being preceded by a husband or other relative.  This all came about as a part of a dialogue on the blog – “Hillary – Best Chance For Woman President” and how Bill Clinton influences her chances?  The list of Woman Leaders below is not an all inclusive list, but provides a sufficient sample set to let you know that this is not an anomaly.

Hillary and Bill Clinton
Hillary and Bill Clinton

Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Sri Lanka
Prime Minister, 1960-1965, 1970-1977, 1994-2000.
Indira Gandhi, India
Prime Minister, 1966-77, 1980-1984.
Golda Meir, Israel
Prime Minister, 1969-1974.
Isabel Peron, Argentina
President, 1974-1976
Elisabeth Domitien, Central African Republic
Prime Minister, 1975-1976
Margaret Thatcher, Great Britain
Prime Minister, 1979-1990.
Maria da Lourdes Pintasilgo, Portugal
Prime Minister, 1979-1980.
Lidia Gueiler Tejada, Bolivia
Prime Minister, 1979-1980.
Dame Eugenia Charles, Dominica
Prime Minister, 1980-1995.
Vigdís Finnbogadóttír, Iceland
President, 1980-96.
Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norway
Prime Minister, 1981, 1986-1989, 1990-1996.
Soong Ching-Ling, Peoples’ Republic of China
Honorary President, 1981.
Milka Planinc, Yugoslavia
Federal Prime Minister, 1982-1986.

, Malta
President, 1982-1987.
Maria Liberia-Peters, Netherlands Antilles
Prime Minister, 1984-1986, 1988-1993.
Corazon Aquino, Philippines
President, 1986-92.
Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan
Prime Minister, 1988-1990, 1993-1996.
Kazimiera Danuta Prunskiena, Lithuania
Prime Minister, 1990-91.
Violeta Barrios de Chamorro,

Prime Minister, 1990-1996.
Mary Robinson, Ireland
President, 1990-1997.
Ertha Pascal Trouillot, Haiti
Interim President, 1990-1991.
Sabine Bergmann-Pohl, German Democratic Republic
President, 1990.
Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar (Burma)
Her party won 80% of the seats in a democratic election in 1990, but the military government refused to recognize the results. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
Khaleda Zia, Bangladesh
Prime Minister, 1991-1996.
Edith Cresson, France
Prime Minister, 1991-1992.
Hanna Suchocka, Poland
Prime Minister, 1992-1993.
Kim Campbell, Canada
Prime Minister, 1993.
Sylvie Kinigi, Burundi
Prime Minister, 1993-1994.
Agathe Uwilingiyimana, Rwanda
Prime Minister, 1993-1994.
Susanne Camelia-Romer, Netherlands Antilles
Prime Minister, 1993, 1998-
Tansu Çiller, Turkey
Prime Minister, 1993-1995.
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge, Sri Lanka
Prime Minister, 1994, President, 1994-
Reneta Indzhova, Bulgaria
Interim Prime Minister, 1994-1995.
Claudette Werleigh, Haiti
Prime Minister, 1995-1996.
Sheikh Hasina Wajed, Bangladesh
Prime Minister, 1996-.
Mary McAleese, Ireland
President, 1997-.
ela Gordon, Bermuda
Premier, 1997-1998.
Janet Jagan, Guyana
Prime Minister, 1997, President, 1997-1999.
Jenny Shipley, New Zealand
Prime Minister, 1997-1999.
eifuss, Switzerland
President, 1999-2000.
Jennifer Smith, Bermuda
Prime Minister, 1998-.
Nyam-Osoriyn Tuyaa, Mongolia
Acting Prime Minister, July 1999.
Helen Clark, New Zealand
Prime Minister, 1999-.
Mireya Elisa Moscoso de Arias, Panama
President, 1999-.
Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Latvia
President, 1999-.
Tarja Kaarina Halonen, Finland
President, 2000-.


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