With feminism gaining momentum in the world, it is common to see women assume positions that were previously dominated by men.
One of such posts is that of the President or Prime Minister. Although there’s still a long way to go in the dominance of female leaders in world politics, there’s been some improvement.
These are the 15 female leaders in the world currently serving as President or Prime Minister.
Last week, Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in as the first female president of Taiwan.
Sheikh Hasina Wazed
She is the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh and has been Prime Minister since 2009. She’s one of the most influential women and female leaders in Bangladesh and was even ranked 47th on Forbes’ list of the 100 most powerful women in the world in 2014.
Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria is the current President of Chile. She ruled the South American country between 2006 and 2010 and again since 2014. She’s the first female president of Chile and the first popularly elected South American president.
She’s the first female President of Croatia, serving the country since 2015. She is also the youngest. She secured 50.5% of the vote against incumbent President Ivo Josipovic who lost by 49.5%.
Angela Mekel is the Chancellor of Germany. She assumed office in 2005 and has been Chancellor since then. In 2015 she was ranked the second most powerful person in the world by Forbes — the highest ever achieved by a woman. She was also chosen as Time’s person of the year 2015.
Grybauskaitė is the first female president of Lithuania who has served the European country since 2009. She’s also the first president to be elected for a second term. Some refer to her as the Baltic Iron lady for her strong stance against Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca
Marie-Louise is the second female President of Malta after Agatha Barbara. She has been president since 2014 and had previously served in Parliament between 1998 to 2014.
She is the president of Liberia also known as the first female African head of state. She has been in office since 2006 and had previously served as Minister of Finance from 1979 until the 1980 coup d’état.
Ameenah Gurib- Fakim
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim was elected as the ceremonial head of Mauritius in 2015. The biodiversity scientist is the first woman elected President of the country and is the third woman to serve as Head of State.
Bidhya Devi Bhandari
Bidhya Devi Bhandari is the first female president of Nepal, also the second serving president of the country. She was previously the Minister of Defence of the government of Nepal, and the first woman to hold the position.
Erna Solberg has been the Prime Minister of Norway since 2013, the second female Prime Minister in Norwegian history. Prior to this, she had served as Minister of Local Government and Regional Development between 2001-2005.
She has been the Prime Minister of Poland since 2015. She is the third woman to be Prime Minister of the European country after Hanna Suchocka and Ewa Kopacz.
President Park Geun-hye has been the leader of South Korea since 2013 when she was elected by the Korean people. Like in most countries led by women, she is the first female president of South Korea.
In 2013 and 2014, Park was named the World’s 11th Most Powerful Woman and the Most Powerful Woman in East Asia by Forbes. In same 2014, she was also listed as the World’s 46th Most Powerful Person by Forbes.
Hilda Heine assumed office as the president of the Marshall Islands in January 2016. She is the first female president of the Marshall Islands and of any Micronesian country.