Female World Leaders

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A List of Females that have held the positions of President or Prime Minister of countries around the world, as at January 2021.


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    1. 1960 – 1965: Sirimavo Bandaranaike: Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
    2. 1966 – 1977: Indira Gandhi: Prime Minister of India
    3. 1970 – 1977: Sirimavo Bandaranaike: Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
    4. 1979 – 1980: Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo: Prime Minister of Portugal
    5. 1979 – 1990: Margaret Thatcher: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
    6. 1980 – 1984: Indira Gandhi: Prime Minister of India
    7. 1980 – 1995: Eugenia Charles: Prime Minister of Dominica
    8. 1980 – 1996: Vigdís Finnbogadóttir: President of Iceland
    9. 1981 – 1981: Gro Harlem Brundtland: Prime Minister of Norway
    10. 1984 – 1986:, 1988 – 1994 Maria Liberia Peters: Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles
    11. 1984 – 1986:, 1988 – 1994 Maria Liberia Peters: Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles
    12. 1986 – 1989: Gro Harlem Brundtland: Prime Minister of Norway
    13. 1986 – 1992: Corazon Aquino: President of the Philippines
    14. 1988 – 1990: Benazir Bhutto: Prime Minister of Pakistan
    15. 1990 – 1991: Kazimira Prunskienė: Prime Minister of Liberia
    16. 1990 – 1996: Gro Harlem Brundtland: Prime Minister of Norway
    17. 1990 – 1996: Violeta Barrios de Chamorro: President of Nicaragua
    18. 1990 – 1997: Mary Robinson: President of Ireland
    19. 1991 – 1992: Édith Cresson: Prime Minister of France
    20. 1991 – 1996: Begum Khaleda Zia: Prime Minister of Bangladesh
    21. 1992 – 1993: Hanna Suchocka: Prime Minister of Poland
    22. 1993 – 1993: Kim Campbell: Prime Minister of Canada
    23. 1993 – 1993: Susanne Camelia-Römer: Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles
    24. 1993 – 1996: Benazir Bhutto: Prime Minister of Pakistan
    25. 1993 – 1996: Tansu Çiller: Prime Minister of Turkey
    26. 1994 – 2000: Sirimavo Bandaranaike: Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
    27. 1994 – 2005: Chandrika Kumaratunga: President of Sri Lanka
    28. 1996 – 2001: Sheikh Hasina: Prime Minister of Bangladesh
    29. 1997 – 1998: Pamela F. Gordon: Premier of Bermuda
    30. 1997 – 1999: Janet Jagan: President of Guyana
    31. 1997 – 1999: Jenny Shipley: Prime Minister of New Zealand
    32. 1997 – 2011: Mary McAleese: President of Ireland
    33. 1998 – 1999: Susanne Camelia-Römer: Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles
    34. 1998 – 2003: Jennifer M. Smith: Premier of Bermuda
    35. 1999 – 1999: Ruth Dreifuss: President of Switzerland
    36. 1999 – 2004: Mireya Moscoso: President of Panama
    37. 1999 – 2007: Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga: President of Latvia
    38. 1999 – 2008: Helen Clark: Prime Minister of New Zealand
    39. 2000 – 2012: Tarja Halonen: President of Finland
    40. 2001 – 2004: Megawati Sukarnoputri: President of Indonesia
    41. 2001 – 2006: Begum Khaleda Zia: Prime Minister of Bangladesh
    42. 2001 – 2010: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: President of the Philippines
    43. 2002 – 2004: Maria das Neves: Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe
    44. 2003 – 2003: Beatriz Merino: Prime Minister of Peru
    45. 2004 – 2010: Luisa Diogo: Prime Minister of Mozambique
    46. 2005 – 2005: Yulia Tymoshenko: Prime Minister of Ukraine
    47. 2005 – present: Angela Merkel: Chancellor of Germany
    48. 2006 – 2010: Michelle Bachelet: President of Chile
    49. 2006 – 2007: Portia Simpson-Miller: Prime Minister of Jamaica
    50. 2006 – 2010: Emily de Jongh-Elhage: Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles
    51. 2006 – 2018: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: President of Liberia
    52. 2007 – 2007: Micheline Calmy-Rey: President of Switzerland
    53. 2007 – 2010: Yulia Tymoshenko: Prime Minister of Ukraine
    54. 2007 – 2012: Pratibha Patil: President of India
    55. 2007 – 2015: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner: President of Argentina
    56. 2008 – 2009: Michèle Pierre-Louis: Prime Minister of Haiti
    57. 2009 – 2011: Jadranka Kosor: Prime Minister of Croatia
    58. 2009 – 2013: Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir: Prime Minister of Iceland
    59. 2009 – 2019: Dalia Grybauskaitė: President of Lithuania
    60. 2009 – present: Sheikh Hasina: Prime Minister of Bangladesh
    61. 2010 – 2010: Doris Leuthard: President of Switzerland
    62. 2010 – 2011: Mari Kiviniemi: Prime Minister of Finland
    63. 2010 – 2011: Roza Otunbayeva: President of Kyrgyzstan
    64. 2010 – 2012: Iveta Radičová: Prime Minister of Slovakia
    65. 2010 – 2012: Paula Cox: Premier of Bermuda
    66. 2010 – 2013: Julia Gillard: Prime Minister of Australia
    67. 2010 – 2014: Laura Chinchilla: President of Costa Rica
    68. 2010 – 2015: Kamla Persad-Bissessar: Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
    69. 2011 – 2011: Micheline Calmy-Rey: President of Switzerland
    70. 2011 – 2015: Helle Thorning-Schmidt: Prime Minister of Denmark
    71. 2011 – 2016: Atifete Jahjaga: President of Kosovo
    72. 2011 – 2016: Dilma Rousseff: President of Brazil
    73. 2012 – 2012: Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf: President of Switzerland
    74. 2012 – 2014: Joyce Banda: President of Malawi
    75. 2012 – 2016: Portia Simpson-Miller: Prime Minister of Jamaica
    76. 2013 – 2017: Park Geun-hye: President of South Korea
    77. 2013 – present: Erna Solberg: Prime Minister of Norway
    78. 2014 – 2016: Laimdota Straujuma: Prime Minister of Latvia
    79. 2014 – 2018: Michelle Bachelet: President of Chile
    80. 2014 – 2019: Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca: President of Malta
    81. 2015 – 2014: Simonetta Sommaruga: President of Switzerland
    82. 2015 – 2018: Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: President of Mauritius
    83. 2015 – 2020: Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović: President of Croatia
    84. 2015 – present: Saara Kuugongelwa: Prime Minister of Namibia
    85. 2016 – 2019: Theresa May: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
    86. 2016 – present: Hilda Heine: President of the Marshall Islands
    87. 2016 – present: Kersti Kaljulaid: President of Estonia
    88. 2017 – present: Ana Brnabić: Prime Minister of Serbia
    89. 2017 – present: Jacinda Ardern: Prime Minister of New Zealand
    90. 2018 – present: Katrín Jakobsdóttir: Prime Minister of Iceland
    91. 2018 – present: Paula-Mae Weekes: President of Trinidad and Tobago
    92. 2018 – present: Sahle-Work Zewde: President of Ethiopia
    93. 2018 – present: Salome Zourabichvili: President of Georgia
    94. 2020 – present: Ingrida Šimonytė: Prime Minister of Lithuania
    95. 2020 – present: Simonetta Sommaruga: President of Switzerland

The ones marked in Red are the first female President or Prime Minister of that country.


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