The Ultimate Female Politicians Checklist

The Ultimate Female Politicians Checklist

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There are female politicians in every country in the world. Whether they’re female members of parliament, female presidents, or female prime ministers, these women have been making a difference for their countries and the rest of the world. In this article, we will look at some of these female leaders from around the globe and provide you with a female politicians list, including their achievements.

Female Politicians: Timeline

There were at one point 52 female presidents and prime ministers around the world, and this was more than ever before in history.


The first country to have a female president was Sri Lanka, with Sirimavo Bandaranaike taking over as leader of her party following her husband’s assassination in September 1960.

In 1961 she became prime minister and president; this made her Ceylon/Sri Lanka’s first female head-of-state and’s second after Soong Ching-ling had become Vice President of China earlier that year.

Since then, there has been rapid progress towards equality for female politicians. In 1979, Elisabeth Domitien became the first female prime minister of Congo-Brazzaville.

She won the election later that year, making her the fourth woman elected into an executive office (national or international).


In 1990 Elisabeth Domitien was also elected president, making her both Prime Minister and President until 1991, when she resigned from office.

In 1993 Sirimavo Bandaranaike took over as leader of Sri Lanka for a second time following the assassination of then-president Ranasinghe Premadasa in May. She remained in this role until 1994 when Chandrika Kumaratunga stood against her to be reelected but lost out by less than 100 votes.

However, two years later, Kumaratunga became president, winning elections with an overall majority vote. This made it four consecutive terms consecutively by women within the Sri Lankan government.


In 2000 Mireya Elisa Moscoso Rodríguez became Panama’s first female president following the 1999 election, which led to her being voted in for a four-year term.

In 2005 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf replaced Charles Taylor as President of Liberia through elections leading to six years serving consecutively.

This made it three consecutive terms held by women within this country; most recently, Balbina Herrera took over as president from 2009 until 2014 after Ricardo Martinelli had resigned, leaving him no choice but to step down.


In 2007, Hillary Clinton was the first woman to win a presidential primary, and she came close to becoming the nominee in 2008

Sarah Palin was the first woman on a major party’s vice-presidential ticket in 2008

In 2009 President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner became Argentina’s first elected female president but didn’t complete her term. She stepped down in December 2015 following a public outcry over high inflation, crime, and corruption within the Argentine government.

Nancy Pelosi has been the House Minority Leader since 2011, and she had previously served as Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011 – she’s also currently the highest-ranking female politician in American history.

She was elected again in 2011 and won another vote just last month (October 2015). She has now become Africa’s first elected female head state who is also currently serving.


Michelle Obama has been an essential advocate for women during her husband’s presidency – she launched Let’s Move!

Let’s Move is an initiative directed at ending childhood obesity within a generation; created the Joining Forces program with Jill Biden to support veterans’ families; started an initiative called Reach Higher which encourages all students to pursue higher education; and helped launch Let Girls Learn to give adolescent girls around the world access to education.

Kamala Harris was elected California’s first female attorney general in 2010.

In 2016, Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton were the only women who ran for president (and Elizabeth Warren endorsed Clinton once Bernie Sanders dropped out).

Kellyanne Conway is the first woman to run a successful presidential campaign as a Republican – she served as Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign manager.

Tammy Duckworth became Senator Tammy Duckworth in 2016 after serving two terms as Illinois’ representative for District 8; she’s also one of 10 veterans currently serving in the Senate, which is a record.

Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski was the longest-serving female senator in history – her decision not to run for re-election in 2016 means that.

Famous Female Politicians in America

– Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

– Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass)

– Barbara Boxer (D-Calif)

– Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif)

– Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif)

– Olympia Snowe (R – Maine)

– Kay Bailey Hutchison (R – Texas)

– Sarah Palin (R – Alaska)

– Michele Bachmann (R – Minn)

– Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R – Wash)

Final Word

The female politician’s list is a long one and spans centuries. In America’s early years, women were not allowed to vote in elections or hold political office, but that changed with the passing of the 19th Amendment, which gave all American women the right to vote. That was followed by more female representation, including Margaret Chase Smith, who served as a U.S. Senator from 1949 until 1973.

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