World's First Female Presidents & Prime Ministers

Below is the complete list of First Woman Prime Ministers and Presidents of different countries in the world as of December 2020. This list exclude those who are/were acting or interim leaders.

List of First Woman Presidents in the World

First Woman Presidents - List
Country Name Year
Argentina Isabel Perón 1974
Iceland Vigdís Finnbogadóttir 1980
Philippines Corazon Aquino 1986
Ireland Mary Robinson 1990
Nicaragua Violeta Barrios Torres de Chamorro 1990
Sri Lanka Chandrika Kumaratunga  1994
Guyana Janet Rosenberg 1997
Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga 1999
Panama Mireya Elisa Moscoso Rodrígue 1999
Switzerland Ruth Dreifuss 1999
Finland Tarja Halonen 2000
Indonesia Megawati Sukarnoputri  2001
Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf 2006
Jamaica Portia Simpson Miller  2006
India Pratibha Patil 2007
Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite 2009
Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla 2010
Kyrgyzstan Roza Otunbayeva 2010
Brazil Dilma Rousseff 2011
Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga 2011
Malawi Joyce Banda 2012
South Korea Park Geun-hye 2013
Chile Michelle Bachelet 2014
Mauritius Ameenah Gurib-Fakim 2015
Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari 2015
Mauritius Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim 2015
Namibia Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila 2015
Moldova Maia Sandu 2020
  • First Female President in the World –  Isabel Perón (1974).
  • First Female Elected President in the World – Vigdis Finnbogadottir (1980).
  • First Female Elected President From Africa – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia).
  • First Woman President of a country to win Nobel Prize – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Peace, 2011).
  • First (& Only) Female President of India – Pratibha Patil (2007).

 List of First Woman Prime Ministers in the World

First Woman Prime Ministers - List
Country Name Year
Sri Lanka Sirimavo Bandaranaike 1960
India Indira Gandhi 1966
Israel Golda Meir 1969
Central African Republic Elisabeth Domitien 1975
United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher  1979
Portugal Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo 1979
Dominica Eugenia Charles 1980
Malta Agatha Barbara 1982
Pakistan Benazir Bhutto  1988
Bangladesh Khaleda Zia 1991
France Edith Cresson 1991
Poland Hanna Suchocka 1992
Canada Kim Campbell 1993
Burundi Sylvie Kinigi 1993
Turkey Tansu Çiller 1993
Rwanda Agathe Uwilingiyimana 1993
Haiti Claudette Werleigh 1995
New Zealand Jennifer Shipley 1997
Senegal Mame Madior Boye 2001
São Tomé and Príncipe Maria das Neves 2002
Peru Beatriz Merino 2003
Mozambique Luísa Diogo 2004
Germany Angela Merkel (Chancellor) 2005
South Korea Han Myeong-Sook 2006
Moldova Zinaida Greceanîi 2008
Croatia Jadranka Kosor 2009
Australia Julia Gillard 2010
Slovakia Iveta Radičová 2010
Trinidad & Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar 2010
Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra 2011
Mali Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé 2011
Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt 2011
Slovenia Alenka Bratušek 2013

  • First Female Prime Minister in the World – Sirimavo Bandaranaike (1960).
  • First (& Only) Female Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi (1966).

📝 SideNotes:

  • Iron Lady – Margaret Thatcher.
  • First Woman who became Prime Minister and President of a country – Sirimavo Bandaranaike.
  • First Female Governor in Afghanistan – Dr. Habiba Sarabi.
  • First Woman foreign secretary of England – Margaret Beckett.
  • First Woman Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan – Shamshad Akhtar (Dec. 2005).
  • First Woman  ambassador of Britain – Anne Warburton.
  • First Woman Secretary of State, USA – Madeleine Albright.

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