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59 Female Presidents



We are currently living under a record-high number of simultanious female world leaders.
For several years now, the stable status quo has been around 20 female world leaders at any given time. For much of 2014, the number was 22 — a record high.  The following is a list of female presidents.

Sri Lanka

Sirimavo Bandaranaike, 1960

India

Indira Gandhi, 1966

Israel

Golda Meir, 1969


Argentina

Isabel Perón, 1974

Central African Republic

Elisabeth Domitien, 1975

Portugal

Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo, 1979

United Kingdom

Margaret Thatcher, 1979


Dominica

Eugenia Charles, 1980

Iceland

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, 1980

Norway

Gro Harlem Brundtland, 1981

Malta

Agatha Barbara, 1982

Philippines

Corazon Aquino, 1986

Pakistan

Benazir Bhutto, 1988


Ireland

Mary Robinson, 1990

Lithuania

Kazimira Danutė Prunskienė, 1990

Nicaragua

Violeta Barrios Torres de Chamorro, 1990

Bangladesh

Khaleda Zia, 1991

France

Édith Cresson, 1991

Poland

Hanna Suchocka, 1992

Burundi

Sylvie Kinigi, 1993

Canada

Kim Campbell, 1993

Rwanda

Agathe Uwilingiyimana, 1993

Turkey

Tansu Çiller, 1993

Haiti

Claudette Werleigh, 1995

Guyana

Janet Rosenberg, 1997

New Zealand

Jenny Shipley, 1997

Latvia

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, 1999

Panama

Mireya Elisa Moscoso Rodríguez, 1999

Switzerland

Ruth Dreifuss, 1999


Finland

Tarja Halonen, 2001

Indonesia

Megawati Sukarnoputri, 2001

Senegal

Mame Madior Boye, 2001

São Tomé and Príncipe

Maria das Neves, 2002

Peru

Beatriz Merino, 2003

Macedonia

Radmila Šekerinska, 2004

Mozambique

Luísa Diogo, 2004

Germany

Angela Merkel, 2005

Ukraine

Yulia Tymoshenko, 2005

Chile

Michelle Bachelet, 2006

Jamaica

Portia Simpson-Miller, 2006

Liberia

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 2006

South Korea

Han Myung-sook, 2006

Moldova

Zinaida Greceanîi, 2008

Croatia

Jadranka Kosor, 2009


Australia

Julia Gillard, 2010

Costa Rica

Laura Chinchilla, 2010

Kyrgyzstan

Roza Otunbayeva, 2010

Slovakia

Iveta Radičová, 2010

Trinidad and Tobago

Kamla Persad-Bissessar, 2010

Denmark

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, 2011

Kosovo

Atifete Jahjaga, 2011

Mali

Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé, 2011

Thailand

Yingluck Shinawatra, 2011

Malawi

Joyce Banda, 2012

Slovenia

Alenka Bratušek, 2013

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus**

Sibel Siber, 2013

Brazil

Dilma Rousseff, 2014

Mauritius

Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim, 2015

Namibia

Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, 2015


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