State Leaders and Women rulers throughout the ages
Women Ministers and Female
Women Leaders Currently in Office
Chairpersons of Parliaments and Members of Parliament Presidiums
- by country
Clergy and Ecclesiastical Territories
Women Police and Military Chiefs_
Woman Leaders in Denmark
WORLDWIDE GUIDE TO
WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP
This site is dedicated to the women who have ruled since the beginning
of times - or as long as the sources date back.
There have always been
female rulers. Egyptian Queens are
believed to have governed from around 3000 BCE, and the first to be
named by the sources without any doubt is Ku-baba, who ruled the
Mesopotamian City-State of Ur round 2500 BCE.
First female ministers
However, it was not until during and just after the World War I that the first few women
became members of the revolutionary governments in Ukraine, Russia,
Hungary and Ireland. Nina Bang, Danish Minister of Education
1924-26, was the first woman to be minister in democratically
elected parliamentary government. See more in
First female ministers. Nevertheless, development was slow and it was not until the
end of the 20th century that female ministers stopped being unusual,
though a number of countries don't have women in their governments
at the moment.
First female Prime Minister
1960 Sirivamo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka became the world's first
Premier Minister and in 1974 Isabel Perón of Argentina became the
President - one woman had been Acting Head of Government and two
women Acting Heads of State before that.
In 2009 Monaco became the last country in the world to have it's
first female member of government. 1999 Sweden became the first country to have more female ministers than male. 11 women and 9 men
and in 2007 the Finish government had 60% women.
Current female heads of state and government
There are 193 members of the United Nations, 2 independent states
outside, a few self-declared de-facto independent states and many
self-ruling depencies. There are 28
or self-ruling territories at the moment.
Of the monarchies, there are reigning
2 countries: Denmark and the United Kingdom - and
the latter is represented by female
in 4 countries; Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Grenada and Saint Lucia, who function as their countries' de-facto Heads of State.
are in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Kosovo, Liberia, Lithuania,
Malawi, San Marino and South Korea.
And currently there are
in Australia, Bangladesh, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Jamaica,
Thailand, and Trinidad and Tobago and in the self-governing territories of
Srpska and the Ĺland Islands. For details see:
Situation in 2013
Content of www.guide2womenleaders.com
The site contains lists of female Heads of State listed by country, a
chronological list of Women in Power from B.C. 3000, female Prime
Ministers, Ministers of Finance and Ministers of Defence and Ministers
by country, female Chairpersons of Parliament, female Governors,
Premiers and local Leaders by country, female Party Leaders for each
country, a chronological list of female Presidential Candidates,
Ambassadors to the United Nations and first female ambassadors for
each country, lists of women's ordination to priesthood and female
bishops and finally a list of female Danish leaders. (See entries to
information, corrections and suggestions are welcome at