|Current and former female prime ministers, presidents and premiers from around the world|
|The newly elected Central African President Catherine Samba-Panzi|
Central African Republic has elected a businesswoman as president making it the third African country to elect a female leader and head of state. Catherine Samba-Panza will join Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Malawian leader Joyce Banda as the continent's trio of powerful women in high office. Some 20+ countries currently have female leaders serving as Prime Ministers, presidents and premiers. Even Pakistan which faces constant critique for women's rights in society and alarms bells go off for women's protection from political and terrorist violence, twice elected Benzair Bhutto as Prime Minister. Argentina has elected two female leaders at separate times in the past thirty years, Isabel Person in 1970s and the current president Christina Kirchner. Germany recently reelected Angela Merkel as Chancellor while South Korea has elected a female prime minister for the first time in its history. Former British PM Margaret Thatcher is known for her ultra conservative spin on society and economics ie TINA. Women leaders have also come in the form of queens, warriors and stateswomen. The success each woman leader faces in the national highest office across the globe and being able to tackle their continual economic and political challenges has earned them praises from men and women alike. While Americans are taught that the US is the crib of feminism and gatekeeper of women's rights, (it has a long history of female presidential candidates) the U.S. has stopped short of electing a female vice president Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and electing a president Hillary Clinton and other female candidates in 2008 elections. Its just a matter of when the US will elect a female president. This is one area of politics where the United States could learn a thing or two from the rest of the world.
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