With Nepal electing their first ever female President in history, we hope for things to change for the better in the region. Many states in the world have had female Prime Ministers and Presidents. I am going to share some of the names with you in my post here.

Sirimavo Bandaranaike is the first ever Prime Minister of any State in the recorded history. She was elected for the first time as the Prime Minister of the Dominion of Ceylon in 1960 on the 21st of July. She has served twice, as the Prime Minister of the Dominion of Ceylon, for a total of more than six years. On the 22nd of May in 1972, she became the Prime minister of Sri Lanka. She was elected twice as the Prime Minster of Sri Lanka too. She remained in office till she died in the year 2000, at the age of 84.

Indira Gandhi was elected the Prime Minister of India in 1966 on the 24 of January. She was elected twice and for a total period of around sixteen years. In 1969, Israel elected Golda Meir as their Prime Minister for a period of over five years.

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In 1975, Elisabeth Domitien was elected as the Prime Minister of the Central African Republic for a period of over one year. In 1979, the United Kingdom elected Margaret Thatcher as their Prime Minister for a period of over 11 years. The same year, Portugal elected Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo as their Prime Minister for 186 days. in 1980, Dame Eugenia Charles was elected as the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica for almost 15 years.

In 1981, Gro Harlem Brundtland was elected as the Prime Minister of Norway for 252 days. She was elected thrice, for a total period of almost 10 years. In 1982, Yugoslavia elected Milka Planinc as their Prime Minister for four years. In 1988, Benazir Bhutto was elected as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. She was elected twice for a total period of almost 5 years. In 1990, Lithuania elected Kazimira Prunskienė as their Prime Minister for a period of 299 days. Lithuania has elected Irena Degutienė twice, for a total of 21 days as their acting Prime Minister in 1999.

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In 1991, Bangladesh elected Khalida Zia as their Prime Minister. She was elected twice for a period of over 10 years. The same year, France elected Édith Cresson as their Prime Minister for a period of 323 days. In 1992, Poland elected Hanna Suchocka as their Prime Minister for a period of over one year. In November 2015, Poland again elected a female Prime Minister Beata Szydło. In 1993, Turkey elected Tansu Çiller as their Prime Minister for a period of over 2 years. The same year, Canada elected Kim Campbell as their Prime Minister for a period of 132 days. Burundi and Rwanda also elected female Prime Ministers the same year.

In 1994, Chandrika Kumaratunga was elected as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for a period of 87 days. The same year, Bulgaria elected Reneta Indzhova as their acting Prime Minister, for a period of a 100 days. In 1995, Haiti elected Claudette Werleigh as their Prime Minister for a period of 112 days. In 1996, Bangladesh elected Sheikh Hasina as their Prime Minister. Sheikh Hasina was elected twice for a total period of over 11 years. In 1997, Guyana elected Janet Jagan as their Prime Minister for a period of 288 days. The same year, New Zealand elected Jenny Shipley as their Prime Minister for a period of 2 years. In 1998, Norway elected Anne Enger Lahnstein as their acting Prime Minister, for a period of 24 days. In 1999, Nyam-OsorynTuyaa was elected as the acting Prime Minister of Mongolia, for 8 days.Margaret_Thatcher

In 2001, Senegal elected Mame Madior Boye as their Prime Minister for a period of over a year. In 2002, South Korea elected Chang Sang as their acting Prime Minister for a period of 20 days. The same years São Tomé and Príncipe elected Maria das Neves as their Prime Minister for a period of over one year. In 2003, Finland elected Anneli Jäätteenmäki as their Prime Minister, for a period of 68 days. The same year Peru elected Beatriz Merino as their Prime Minister for a period of 170 days.

In 2004, Mozambique elected Luisa Diogo as their Prime Minister, for a period of almost 6 years. the same years, Macedonia elected Radmila Šekerinska, twice as their acting Prime Minister, for a total period of 73 days. In 2005, Ukraine elected Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the Bahamas elected acting Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt, São Tomé and Príncipe elected Prime Minister Maria do Carmo Silveira, and Germany elected chancellor Angela Merkel.

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In 2006, Jamaica elected Portia Simpson-Miller and South Korea elected Han Myeong-sook as their Prime Ministers. In 2008, Bangladesh, Haiti, Ukraine and Moldova elected their female Prime Ministers. In 2009, Madagascar, Croatia, and IceLand elected female Prime Ministers. Cécile Manorohanta was the acting Prime Minister of Madagascar for 2 days. In 2010, Finland, Trinidad and Tobago, Australia and Slovakia elected female Prime Ministers.

In 2011, Peru, Mali, Thailand, and Denmark elected female Prime Ministers. In 2012, Adiato Djaló Nandigna was elected as the acting Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau for 62 days, while Portia Simpson-Miller was elected as the Prime Minister of Jamaica for over 3 years. In 2013, Northern Cyprus, Senegal, Norway, Slovenia, and Transnistria elected female Prime Ministers. In 2014, Latvia, Peru, Haiti, and Poland elected female Prime Ministers.This year, in 2015, Namibia, Greece, Moldova, and Poland elected female Prime Ministers while Nepal is celebrating the election of a female President.

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