All the countries that had a woman leader before the U.S.

13 Jul

Hillary Clinton is one step closer to becoming the first woman to lead the United States. But more than 60 other countries beat America to that milestone.

1960s

Sri Lanka

Sirimavo Bandaranaike, 1960

India

Indira Gandhi, 1966

Israel

Golda Meir, 1969

1970s

Argentina

Isabel Perón, 1974

Central African Republic

Elisabeth Domitien, 1975

Portugal

Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo, 1979

United Kingdom

Margaret Thatcher, 1979

1980s

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

1990s

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

2000s

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

2010s

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

Nepal

Bidhya Devi Bhandari, 2015

Taiwan

Tsai Ing-wen, 2016

*This list is sorted by the date each country elected or appointed its first female president or prime minister. It does not include acting or interim leaders who were not later elected or confirmed.

By Amanda Wills, Jacque Smith and Casey Hicks, CNN

 

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