There has never been as much fascination surrounding government figures and leading politicians. Below, we look at some of the women who have fought, ruled, revolted and ultimately paved the way for future female leaders. Introducing the global leaders you may not have heard of but won't forget.
President of Chile: Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria
Fact: In March of 2006, after winning widespread support in elections the previous year, Bachelet became the first female President of the Republic, marking the beginning of a period where the government focused on achieving greater equality and social inclusion in Chile.
Prime Minister of Norway: Erna Solberg
Fact: The Prime Minister has been in the news lately due to her calls for has called on political leaders worldwide to put greater emphasis on job creation in order to rebalance society and withstand the threat of extremism.
Chancellor of Germany: Angela Merkel
Fact: Deemed the most powerful woman in the world, Angela Merkel has transformed German politics since being voted into office in 2005. Her achievements at home and abroad have seen her top Forbes’ most powerful women list nine times. One of the things that she will be remembered for was her successful steering of Germany through the crisis in the Eurozone. As other great European economies languished, Germany was estimated to have made €9 billion out of the crisis by the end of 2011 alone, as spooked investors flocked to its safe government bonds.
President of the Republic of China: Tsai Ing-wen
Fact: Tsai Ing-wen, the leader of the self-ruled island off China’s east coast reached out to President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory back in December. This had the whole world watching as no U.S. Commander in Chief has spoken directly to a Taiwanese leader since America established diplomatic ties with Beijing in 1979.
Prime Minister of Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina Wazed
Fact: The most significant move of her career was the signing of the ‘Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord’ in December 1997. The treaty was an agreement between Bangladeshi government and the ‘Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti’, a political organization armed with a militia. The peace agreement ended decades of violence, confrontation, and hostility between the government and the tribes of the region.
President of the Republic of Liberia: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Fact: President Sirleaf is a pioneer and inspiration to women and men of the world particularly the women of Africa as the first ever elected female President on the African continent.
President of Lithuania: Dalia Grybauskaitė
Fact: Dubbed by many as "Lithuania's iron lady" and best known for her vocal stand against Russia and Vladimir Putin. Dalia boycotted the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2013 due to human rights violations by the Russian government, which had launched a crackdown against homosexuals in the country ahead of the games.
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