Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Bangladesh's first president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is the current prime minister of Bangladesh. The Awami League leader was also named to Forbes’s list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women and TIME 100, both in 2018, and is part of the Council of Women World Leaders.
Khaleda Zia is a Bangladeshi politician who has served as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh on two occasions; from 1991 to 1996 and again from 2001 to 2006. An influential politician, Zia has been serving as the Chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party since 1984. From 1977 to 1981, she served as the First Lady of Bangladesh.
A member of eleventh Jatiya Sangsad representing Bangladesh National Party, Rumeen Farhana earned her degree in Law from University of London and obtained her Bar-at-Law from Lincoln's Inn, United Kingdom, before returning home to join the Dhaka High Court. Born to veteran Bangladeshi politician and language activist, she soon joined politics, publishing her first book, Amader Rojnamcha, in 2018. .
Bangladeshi politician Dipu Moni initially became a doctor and later also obtained her master of laws. She also scripted history by becoming the first woman foreign minister in South Asia. She is the current minister of education of Bangladesh and has been a lawyer of the Bangladesh Supreme Court.
Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury created history when she became the first woman Speaker of Jatiya Sangsad, or the Bangladesh Parliament. A qualified lawyer, she later obtained a PhD in human rights, too. The Bangladesh Awami League member has also served as an advocate of the Bangladesh Supreme Court.
Momtaz Begum is a Bangladeshi politician and folk singer. Nicknamed The Music Queen, Begum has recorded over 700 albums and has won the prestigious Bangladesh National Film Award under the Best Female Playback Singer category on three occasions. Momtaz Begum is also a noted philanthropist; she has established the Momtaz Eye Hospital in Joymontop in memory of her father.
Bangladeshi politician and Bangladesh Jatiya Party member Rowshan Ershad is the current leader of the opposition of Bangladesh. The wife of former president of Bangladesh, Hussain Mohammad Ershad, she also founded the Sena Paribar Kalliyan Samity and has been active in causes related to women’s and children’s welfare.
Bangladeshi lawyer Irene Khan is the current UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression and the first woman to hold the position. She has also been the secretary general of Amnesty International and has served as a consulting editor of The Daily Star, the largest circulating English newspaper in Bangladesh.
Ivy Rahman was a Bangladeshi politician and an important member of the popular political party, Bangladesh Awami League. Ivy Rahman served as the party's Women's Affairs secretary and held several other positions before her murder during the 2004 Dhaka grenade attack.
Matia Chowdhury is a Bangladeshi politician best known for her service as the Minister of Agriculture from 6 January 2009 to 7 January 2019. She is currently one of the most important and senior leaders of the Bangladesh Awami League.
Panna Kaiser is a Bangladeshi politician who takes an active part in various cultural events and social activities. She has also been contributing immensely to a child support organization called Khelaghar. In 2021, Panna Kaiser was honored with the prestigious Bangla Academy Literary Award under the research on liberation war category.
Kamrun Nahar Putul was a Bangladeshi politician who was elected to Parliament from the Bogura-Joypurhat area. She served as a Member of Parliament from 23 June 1996 to 15 July 2001. Kamrun Nahar Putul died of COVID-19 in 2020.