When it comes to prime ministers, there aren’t many female prime ministers comparatively. Also there are many countries which yet hasn’t had any female prime ministers till date. But many of the ones who have been, have done absolutely amazing work for the country. Some of the female prime ministers are highly educated, and some of them have been very inspirational to many people, especially women. A prime minister is one of the senior authoritative figure of cabinet, in the parliament.
Their job is to appoint ministers, work as a main spokesperson, and be a higher senior role in the cabinet, this is both in the parliament as well as out of the parliament. They have to look at the betterment of the country. For five years a person can play the role of prime minister. They are sworn in and appointed by the President. These famous female prime ministers, have faced several challenges, which a woman usually faces, but they greatly overcame all those, and led the country remarkably. Some of the traditional cultures usually oppresses those rights towards women, but these leading females, break those unrealistic norms and marked their domain, and created their very own stories of success. The list below dwells among the top 10 famous female prime ministers, which have been very inspirational.
10 Kim Campbell, Canada
Kim Campbell, who is also known with Avril Phaedra Campbell, was born on 10th March, 1947 in Port Alberni, Canada. She has been Executive Director, and was elected as prime minister of Canada in 1993. Along with this she was a minister who was responsible for those Federal Provincial Relationships.
Kim Campbell was also leader of one of the progressive conservative association, which she resigned as the party had lost, 2 seats in the election with the loss of 16% votes in House of Commons. Later she had become a prominent lecturer in Harvard University.
9 IvetaRadičová, Slovakia
IvetaRadičová, who is a widow to a well known Slovak comedian. She is seen as one of the firebrand member or associate of Slovak Democratic as well as Christian Union which is a democratic party. She later on became the very first Prime Minister in the year 2010, of Slovakia.
She is an alumni of a well known Comenius University, along with this also Oxford University, which is a great profile to have. IvetaRadičová also has worked as executive director which was for her own established NGO, and also is a sociologist. Mainstream media is very much fond of her and is admired for her key role, in reinstating a healthy and great relationship among both Hungary and Slovakia. This relationship between Hungary, and Slovakia, were actually spoiled before hand, by the earlier government or reign of Robert Fico.
8 MilkaPlaninc, Yugoslavia
She was born on 21st November 1924 in Yugoslavia, and died on October 7th 2010, at the age of 85 in Zagreb, Croatia. She was one of the leader of a prominent Communist party in Zagreb, Croatia. She was a well known Yugoslavia politician. Also the one and only lady to have held this office, and served as a prominent Prime Minister.
She was a Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. She was the lead charge and prime minister for real socialism through 1982 to 1986. She was highly appreciated and approved by the citizens, which dignifies her value towards nation on an international platform on politics. She has specialized in agitation, propaganda, and education, along with this she was the executive body of Croatian Central Committee, in the year 1959. After her career in politics she lived through some of the bitter days because of the war, the falling of Berlin wall, death of her husband in 1993, and suicide of her son in 1994. Also she had to be dependent on wheelchair and could rarely leave from her apartment.
7 Mary Eugenia Charles, Dominica
Mary Eugenia Charles, who served being a Prime Minister for the longest period in Dominica. Also she was the second most female prime minister in the Caribbean region. She was born on May 15th, 1919 in Pointe Michel, Dominica, and died in Fort-de-France, Martinique on September 6th, 2005 at the age of 86. She has been in the office from July 21st 1980 to June 14, 1995.
She was the very first and the only female prime minister to date of Dominica. After Indira Gandhi from India as well as Sirimavo Bandaranaike from Sri Lanka, Eugenia Charles was the world’s third largest and longest serving Prime Minister in females. Mary Eugenia Charles was also the first lawyers in female in Dominica. She actually begun her campaigning in the world of politics in 1960s. She retired in 1995, as her popularity had declined at the time of third term. Charles was admitted to hospital in France, for a hip replacement surgery, with this she died due to pulmonary embolism, on September 6th, 2005.
6 Khaleda Zia, Bangladesh
She is the second Muslim to be prime minister in females. She is the first female prime minister of Bangladesh. Her full name is Begum Khaleda Zia and she is a widow to Ziaur Rahman. Ziaur Rahman was a former chief of army, as well as the founder of Nationalist Party of Bangladesh.
During her reign, Khaleda Zia, made some very significant advancement in Bangladesh, which includes of food for any education program, mandatory as well as free primary education for females and also stipend was to be given to female students. Also for Regional Cooperation that is SAARC, she revived the South Asian Association.
5 Benazir Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto is one of the most famous female prime ministers in the world. She was born on June 21st 1953 in Karachi, Pakistan, and died at the age of 54, on December 27th 2007. She was killed when she was leaving after a campaign, this happened while she got into her bulletproof car and stood up in the sunroof in order to wave at the crowd. So the assassinator took advantage of this and shot her, along with this there were also various explosions near by the vehicle, which killed around 20 people.
She was the first woman prime minister. She had completed her graduation from Harvard University as well as Oxford University. She was the prime minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990, and also 1993 to 1996.
4 Golda Meir, Israel
You can call her the Iron Lady from Middle East. Golda Meir, had been a teacher earlier and later became the fourth most prime minister of Israel, on 17th March, 1969. Along with this she is also one of the lead member or part of Mapai, which is a left position political party of Israel. Throughout her regime, she met several leading people in order to promote harmony and peace in the Middle East.
She was born on May 3rd, 1898, in Ukraine, and died in Jerusalem, Israel, on December 8th 1978, at the age of 80, because of lymphoma. She resigned from the post of prime minister in the year 1974. She was a very strong willed person, and straight talking grandmother, whom everyone admired.
3 Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Sri Lanka
She was credited as being the first most famous female Prime Minister, who is a widow to an assassinated Prime Minister whose name Soloman Bandaranaike. Her full name is SirimavoRatwatte Dias Bandaranaike.
She is a very well known, high lead member of the Freedom Party of Sri Lanka. Her fellows used to call her Mrs. B, she helped with the economy, education as well as banking sectors in Sri Lanka. She was born on 17th April, 1916 in Ceylon, and died on October 10th 2000 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, at the age of 84.
2 Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi, India
In the top 10 famous female prime minister, Indira Gandhi is a Gem of all. She was the longest serving prime minister in the world. Indira Gandhi dedicated her work mostly towards heightening some of the miserable conditions of Indian Rural Population.
During her regime, she helped reduce the poverty in India from 65% to 45%, which is quite a lot. Based on her name, and prestige, her successors today are ruling the political party of India. She was assassinated on the 31st of October in 1984, which was by her 2 bodyguards, at the residence itself.
1 Margaret Thatcher, United Kingdom
She is the epitome for the very term Politics. She leaded United Kingdom from the year 1979 till 1990. The term Thatcherism was used to deal with the criteria of nationalism. Margaret Thatcher was also a controversial head. She was born on October 13th 1925 in Lincolnshire, England and died at the age of 87 on April 8th in 2013, in London, England.
She is also known as the Iron Woman, for her strong will, and nature. She was also one of the longest serving prime minister. Also the first female to be the prime minister.
These top 10 famous female prime ministers, have faced several challenges, which a woman usually faces, but they greatly overcame all those, and led the country remarkably:
Top 10 Famous Female Prime Ministers
- Kim Campbell, Canada
- IvetaRadičová, Slovakia
- MilkaPlaninc, Yugoslavia
- Mary Eugenia Charles, Dominica
- Khaleda Zia, Bangladesh
- Benazir Bhutto
- Golda Meir, Israel
- Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Sri Lanka
- Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi, India
- Margaret Thatcher, United Kingdom