Mar 082015


 There have been over 50 women who have taken the office of President, Prime Minister or Head of State:
 List of Women Presidents, Prime Ministers and Heads of State

In order of the year they took office

Hon. Sirmavo Bandranaike, first female prime minister of a country – Ceylon, now Sri Lanka.



Isabel Martinez Peron, 1st female Presdient of a country-Argentina born-1931 died-1978

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

President of Korea (2013)

Park Geun-hye – president of South Korea, 2013

  4 Responses to “List of Female Presidents and Prime Ministers of the World”

  1. Hi Paula
    What a fabulous resource. We plan to print this list and post it on Mar 8th when we celebrate IWD in Prince Edward County. Our theme this year is ‘Finding Your Voice, Discovering Your Choices’.

    • Hi Vicki:
      Thank you so much for your positive encouragement. If you send me details of IWD in Prince Edward County, I’ll be more than happy to blog on the theme, “Finding Your Voice.” As you know, that’s what I’m trying to do on my site and make the ‘voice’ celebrate all women. Keep in touch and you can reach me

  2. There is certainly a lot to know about this issue. I love all of the points you’ve made.

    • If you are from Berlin, that’s a city I would love to visit. I really enjoy travelling in Germany and we have friends who live on the Rhine near the Swiss border.

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