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Female Heads of State

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  • President Janet Jagan (1920 - 2009)
    Janet Jagan co-founded the People's Progressive Party. She was the first woman to become prime minister of Guyana and was also Guyana’s first female president.Janet Jagan was born on October 20, 1920, ...
    Kersti Kaljulaid
    Kersti Kaljulaid (Estonian pronunciation: [%CB%88kersti ˈkɑljuˈlɑi̯d]; born 30 December 1969) is an Estonian politician who served as the fifth president of Estonia, from 2016 to 2021. She was the firs...
  • Benazir Bhutto (1953 - 2007)
    Benazir Bhutto (Sindhi: بينظير ڀٽو;Benzair Bhutto ; 21 June 1953 – 27 December 2007) was a Pakistan-born politician, with Pakistani and Kurdish-Iranian origin, who chaired the Pakistan Peoples Party (P...
  • Rt Hon Theresa May, Lady May, MP, PC
    Theresa Mary May , PC, MP (née Brasier ; born 1 October 1956) is a British politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party from 2016 to 2019. May ...
  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, United States federal government photo in the public domain.
    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born 29 October 1938) is the 24th and current President of Liberia, in office since 2006. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 19...

List of elected or appointed female heads of state -- From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, also

Current Female Heads of State

  • // Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, appointed 2015 President-elect , Croatia. Appointed Minister of European Integration in 2003 and was also Foreign Minister 2005-08. English and Spanish languages professor and former adviser in the Foreign Ministry. Finished second in the first round of the presidential elections in 2014 and won 50,5 % in the second round. (b. 1968-).
  • // Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Appointed 10.12.2007- Executive President , Argentina. Won the first round of the presidential elections in October 2007 as candidate for Partido Justicalista. She was Member of the Assembly of Santa Cruz 1989-95 and 1. Vice-President of the Assembly in 1990, National Senator 1995-97 and again since 2001, National Deputy 1997-2001. President of the Senate Committee of Contitutional Affairs since 2001. Her late husband Néstor Carlos Kirchner (1950-2010) was President of Argentina 2003-07 and held a number of other posts. Mother of 2 children. (b. 1953-).
  • // Dalia Grybauskaitė, Appointed 12.07.2009- President, Lithuania. 1994-1995 Extraordinary Envoy and Plenipotentiary Minister at the Lithuanian Mission to the EU and Deputy Head Negotiator for the Europe Agreement with EU, 1996-1999 Plenipotentiary Minister at the Embassy in USA, 1999-2000 Vice-Minister of Finance and 2000-01 Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Head of the EU Accession negotiations, 2001-04 Minister of Finance and 2004 EU-Commissioner of Financial Programming and Budget 2004-09. Won 69% of the votes in the presidential elections. Unmarried and no children. (b. 1956-).
  • // Dilma Vana Linhares Rousseff, appointed 01.01.2011-President, Brazil. Dilma Rousseff is a former student leader who fought Brazil's military dictatorship as a guerrilla during the early 1970s and an economist. Secretary of Mines, Energy and Communication of Rio Grande do Sul 1993-94 and 1999-2002, Minister of Mines and Energy 2003-05 and Minister and Secretary General of the Presidential Staff (Cabinet Chief) 2005-10. (b. 1947-).
  • Atifete Jahjaga, appointed 07.04.2011- President , Kosovo. She was Deputy Chief of Police of Kosovo with rank of Major General at the time of her election. Married to Astrit Kuçi. (b. 1975-)
  • Eveline Widmer-Sclumpf, appointed 01.01.2012 President of the Confederation ,Switzerland. Councillor of Finance and Military of Graubünden 1998-2007, Vice-President of the Government 2000 and 2004 and President of the Government 2001 and 2005, Federal Councillor of Justice and Police 2008-10 and Councillor of Finance from 2010 and Vice-President in 2011. (b. 1956-).
  • // Park Geun-hye, appointed 25.02.2013- President, South Korea. MP 1998-2012, Chairperson of the Grand National Party 2004-06, Candidate in the party primaries for presidential candidate in 2008, Leader of Saenuri (Renamed GNP) 2011-12. (b. 1952-)
  • Catherine Samba-Panza, appointed 23.01.2014- Acting Head of State , Central African Republic. Businesswoman and corporate lawyer. Appointed Mayor of the capital Bangui in 2013 by the former interim government before she was elected Interim President. (b. 1954-).
  • Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, appointed 04.04.2014- President , Malta. Labour MP 1998-2014 and Minister of Family and Social Solidarity 2013-14. (b. 1958-).
  • 2015- Presidential-Nominee Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Mauritius. Professor of Organic chemistry and Pro-vice-chancellor of the University of Mauritius
  • Khertek Anchimaa-Toka Tannu Tuva, Chairperson of the Presidium of the Little Khural, (6 April 1940-11 October 1944)
  • Sükhbaataryn Yanjmaa, Mongolia,Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the State Great Khural, (7 September 1953 - 7 July 1954)
  • Soong Ching-ling,China, Acting Co-Chairperson (31 October 1968 - 24 April 1972). Soong Ching-ling or Song Qingling (27 January 1893 – 29 May 1981) was the second wife of Sun Yat-sen, leader of the 1911 revolution that established the Republic of China, and was often referred to as Madame Sun Yat-sen. She was a member of the Soong family and, together with her siblings, played a prominent role in China's politics prior to 1949. She has become known as the "mother of modern China".
  • // Isabel Martínez de Perón, Argentina President (1 July 1974 - 24 March 1976)María Estela Martínez Cartas de Perón, born 4 February 1931), better known as Isabel Martínez de Perón or Isabel Perón, is a former President of Argentina. She was the third wife of the former President, Juan Perón. During her husband's third term as president from 1973 to 1974, Isabel served as both vice president and First Lady. Following her husband's death in office in 1974, Isabel served as president of Argentina from 1 July 1974 to 24 March 1976. This made her the first female president of any country in the world
  • // Lidia Gueiler Tejada, Bolivia, Interim President (16 November 1979 - 17 July 1980) (born 28 August 1921, died 9 May 2011) Bolivia's only woman President and the second woman President of an American nation.
  • // Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, Iceland, President (1 August 1980 - 1 August 1996),Vigdís Finnbogadóttir (born 15 April 1930) is an Icelandic politician who served as the fourth President of Iceland from 1980 to 1996. She is both Iceland's and Europe's first female president. With a presidency of exactly sixteen years, she also remains the longest-serving, elected female head of state of any country to date. Currently, she is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and a Member of the Club of Madrid.She is also to date Iceland's only female president.
  • Maria Lea Pedini-Angelini, San Marino, Captain Regent (1 April 1981-1 October 1981). Maria Lea Pedini-Angelini (born 15 July 1954) served as a Captain Regent of San Marino from April 1, 1981 to October 1, 1981. She served with Gastone Pasolini. She was the first female head of state of San Marino, and at age 26 one of the youngest. She later served as Director in the Ministry of Government and Foreign Affairs, and has been non-resident Ambassador in the Ministry to France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Hungary.
  • Agatha Barbara, Malta, President (15 February 1982-15 February 1987). Agatha Barbara (11 March 1923 – 4 February 2002) was a Maltese politician, having served as a Labour Member of Parliament and Minister. She was the first woman to hold the office of President of Malta.
  • Carmen Pereira, Guinea-Bissau, Acting President (14 May 1984-16 May 1984) Carmen Pereira (born 1937) is a politician in Guinea-Bissau. She served three days as Acting President in 1984, becoming the first woman in this role in Africa and the only one in Guinea-Bissau's history.
  • Elisabeth Kopp, Switzerland, Member of the Swiss Federal Council (21 October 1984-12 January 1989) Elisabeth Kopp (born 16 December 1936, in Zürich) is a Swiss politician and the first woman elected to the Swiss Federal Council (1984–1989). She was president of Zumikon from 1974 until her election as a federal councillor in 1984. As a member of the Free Democratic Party she served in the National Council of Switzerland from 1979 to 1984.
  • /// Corazon Aquino, Philippines, President (25 February 1986-30 June 1992) Maria Corazon "Cory" Sumulong Cojuangco Aquino (January 25, 1933 – August 1, 2009) was a Philippine politician who served as the 11th President of the Philippines, the first woman to hold that office, and the first female president in Asia, though not the first female Asian head of state. Aquino was the most prominent figure of the 1986 People Power Revolution, which toppled the 20-year authoritarian rule of President Ferdinand E. Marcos and restored democracy to the Philippines.
  • Ertha Pascal-Trouillot, Haiti, Acting President (13 March 1990-7 February 1991). Ertha Pascal-Trouillot (born 13 August 1943) was the provisional President of Haiti for 11 months in 1990 and 1991. She was the first woman in Haitian history to hold that office.
  • Sabine Bergmann-Pohl, ex.East Germany, President of the People's Chamber (5 April 1990-2 October 1990). Sabine Bergmann-Pohl née Schulz (born 20 April 1946 in Eisenach, Thuringia) is a German doctor and politician. A member of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), she was president of the People's Chamber of East Germany from April to October 1990. As such, she served as acting head of state of East Germany until its merger into West Germany in October. After the reunification of Germany, she served in the government of Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
  • // Violeta Chamorro, Nicaragua, President (25 April 1990-10 January 1997). Violeta Barrios Torres de Chamorro (born October 18, 1929) is a Nicaraguan political leader, former president and publisher. She became president of Nicaragua on April 25, 1990, when she unseated Daniel Ortega.She was elected as the head of a 14-party anti-Sandinista alliance known as the National Opposition Union (Unión Nacional Opositora, UNO), an alliance that ranged from conservatives and liberals to communists. She left office on January 10, 1997.
  • Mary Therese Winifred Robinson, Ireland, President , (3 December 1990-12 September 1997). Mary Therese Winifred Robinson (née Bourke), born 21 May 1944 in Ballina, County Mayo) served as the seventh, and first female, President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002.
  • Edda Ceccoli, San Marino, Captain Regent (1 October 1991-1 April 1992). Edda Ceccoli (26 June 1947) was Captain Regent of San Marino from 1 October 1991 to 1 April 1992. She served as co-Regent with Marino Riccardi. She has been elected to two five-year terms in the Great and Good Council.She is a member of Partito Democratico Cristano Sammarinese.From 2000 to 2002 she was Particular Secretary of the Secretary of State of Health.
  • // Mary Patricia McAleese, Ireland, President, (11 November 1997-10 November 2011). Mary Patricia McAleese (née Leneghan), born 27 June 1951) served as the eighth President of Ireland from 1997 to 2011. She was the second female president and was first elected in 1997 succeeding Mary Robinson, making McAleese the world's first woman to succeed another as president.
  • // Tarja Kaarina Halonen, Finland, President (1 March 2000-1 March 2012), Tarja Kaarina Halonen, born 24 December 1943) is a Finnish politician who was the 11th President of Finland, serving from 2000 to 2012. She was the first female head of state in Finland and while she was in office, in 2003 and 2010-11, Finland also had female prime ministers (Anneli Jäätteenmäki and Mari Kiviniemi).
  • // Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Philippines, President (20 January 2001-30 June 2010), Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (born April 5, 1947) is a Filipino politician who served as the 14th President of the Philippines from 2001 to 2010, as the 12th Vice President of the Philippines from 1998 to 2001, and as member of the House of Representatives representing the 2nd District of Pampanga since 2010.
  • // Michelle Bachelet, Chile, President (11 March 2006-11 March 2010), Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria, born 29 September 1951, is a Socialist Party politician and the President of Chile since 11 March 2014. She previously served as President from 2006–2010, becoming the first woman in her country to do so. After leaving the presidency, she was appointed the first executive director of the newly created United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). In December 2013, Bachelet was re-elected as President of Chile with over 62% of the vote, bettering the 53.5% she obtained in 2006. She is the first person since 1932 to win the presidency of Chile twice in competitive elections.
  • // Dalia Itzik, Israel, Acting President (25 January 2007-15 July 2007), Dalia Itzik, born 20 October 1952, is a former Israeli politician who last served as a member of the Knesset for Kadima. She has previously served in several ministerial positions, and on 4 May 2006 became the first female speaker of the Knesset, and served as President of Israel in an interim capacity from January to July 2007.
  • Ertha Pascal-Trouillot - provisional President of Haiti for 11 months (1990-1991) - first female head of state
  • Rosalía Arteaga - acting president of Equador for only two days (1997) - first female head of state
  • Janet Jagan (October 20, 1920 – March 28, 2009) - first female President of Guyana, serving from December 19, 1997, to August 11, 1999, previously served as the first female Prime Minister of Guyana from March 17, 1997, to December 19, 1997
  • Mireya Moscoso - Panama's first female president (1999-2004)
  • Sila María Calderón Serra - first female governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in 2001, serving until 2005
  • Laura Chinchilla - President of Costa Rica from 2010 to 2014 - first female head of state