Women Political Leaders

Throughout history, there have been many women political leaders who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female political leaders such as Hillary Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Gandhi.The women political leaders featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Eleanor Roosevelt

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: October 11, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: November 7, 1962

Feminist and civil rights icon Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the longest-serving U.S First Lady. She was a prominent human rights activist, wrote columns, and hosted a radio show. She was named to Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century in 1999.

 2 Tammy Duckworth

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Famous As: U.S. Representative
Birthdate: March 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Thai, American

A war veteran who lost both her legs during the Iraq War, Tammy Duckworth is a symbol of courage and resilience. Her never-say-die spirit enabled her to become the first woman with a disability and the first Thai-American woman to earn a seat in Congress. She is the first member of Senate to give birth while in office.

 3 Marine Le Pen

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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: August 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French

French politician and lawyer Marine Le Pen, daughter of politician Jean-Marie Le Pen, has been the president of the National Rally since 2011. She is also serving as the member of the National Assembly for Pas-de-Calais's 11th constituency since 2017. She was previously a member of the European Parliament.

 4 Nirmala Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 5 Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto
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Birthdate: June 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto was a Pakistani politician who served as Pakistan's prime minister in two separate terms and became the first woman in a Muslim majority nation to lead a democratic government. She was assassinated, at the age of 54, and after her death has been revered by many as an icon for women's rights.

 6 Nicola Sturgeon

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Famous As: First Minister of Scotland
Birthdate: July 19, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British, Scottish

Nicola Sturgeon is a Scottish politician. Since 2014, Sturgeon has been serving as the leader of the Scottish National Party and first minister of Scotland. Being the first woman to serve in these positions, Nicola Sturgeon is seen as a major inspiration to women across Scotland.

 7 Katie Hill

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 8 Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 5, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 9 Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand
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Famous As: Member of the United States Senate
Birthdate: December 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Lawyer and politician Kirsten Gillibrand is a member of the Democratic Party. Since 2009, she has served as the junior United States Senator from New York. An alumnus of the UCLA School of Law, she practiced law for a few years before entering politics. She is known for speaking against sexual harassment.

 10 Jill Stein

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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Jill Stein is a physician who later became the presidential nominee for the Green Party in the 2012 and 2016 elections. She has also been the Green-Rainbow Party's candidate for the governorship of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010. She believed in the Green New Deal, including climate change reforms.

 11 Linda McMahon

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Famous As: Administrator of the Small Business Administration
Birthdate: October 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Linda McMahon is an American political executive and former professional wrestling executive. She is credited with co-founding Titan Sports, Inc., which is now called as WWE, Inc., along with her husband Vince McMahon. She then left WWE to focus on her political career; from 2017 to 2019, she served as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration under Trump’s presidency.

 12 Jo Cox

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: June 16, 2016

 13 Liz Cheney

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Famous As: U.S. Representative
Birthdate: July 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Liz Cheney is an American politician and attorney. Since 2017, Liz Cheney has been serving as Wyoming's at-large congressional district's U.S. Representative. The elder daughter of ex-Vice President Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney is credited with co-founding a nonprofit organization called Keep America Safe, which aims at combating national security issues.

 14 Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Belarusian

 15 Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly
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Famous As: Radio personality, Lawyer, Political activist, Journalist
Birthdate: August 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: September 5, 2016

 16 Rakhi Sawant

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Famous As: Model, Actor
Birthdate: November 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 17 Kim Yo-jong

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Famous As: Younger Sister of Kim Jong-un
Birthdate: September 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: North Korean
North Korean politician Kim Yo-jong is the current deputy director of the WPK. She was previously part of the Politburo of the Workers' Party of Korea. She is the youngest child of Kim Jong-il, the former supreme leader of North Korea, and the younger sister of current dictator Kim Jong-un. 

 18 Kyrsten Sinema

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Famous As: United States Senator
Birthdate: July 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Arizona Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema is the first openly bisexual and the second openly LGBT lady member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. She is also the first woman representative of Arizona in the Senate. She is known for her pro-LGBT rights, anti-war, and pro-abortion rights stance

 19 Maxine Waters

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Famous As: U.S. Representative
Birthdate: August 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Maxine Waters chairs the House Financial Services Committee and is a U.S. Representative from California. Named to Time 100, she has also chaired the Congressional Black Caucus from 1997 to 1999. She has opposed the Iraq War and has been vocally critical of George W. Bush and Donald Trump.

 20 Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
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Famous As: Politician, Anti-Apartheid Activist
Birthdate: September 26, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: South African
Died: April 2, 2018
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela had first met legendary anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela at a bus stop when she was barely 22. They ended up getting married the following year. Winnie’s journey was marred by bans and harassment by the South African government, but the determined social worker revolutionized South African politics.

 21 Park Geun-hye

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Famous As: 11th President of South Korea
Birthdate: February 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South Korean

Park Geun-hye is a former politician from South Korea. In 2013, Park became the first woman to serve as the president of South Korea. She also became the first president from South Korea to be born after the establishment of the First Republic of Korea. In 2014, Park Geun-hye was named in Forbes magazine's world's most powerful people list.

 22 Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
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Famous As: Fourth President of Croatia
Birthdate: April 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Croatian
Best known as the first female president of her country, politician Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović also became the youngest Croatian to assume presidency, at 46. The former Fulbright scholar made headlines during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, when she went to Russia in economy class to cheer her team.

 23 Christine Lagarde

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Famous As: Economist, Lawyer, Diplomat, Politician, Synchronized swimmer, Banker
Birthdate: January 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French

 24 Katie Porter

Katie Porter
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 25 Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 26 Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm
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Birthdate: November 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: January 1, 2005

A courageous political leader, Shirley Chisholm made history when she became the first African-American woman to be elected the United States Congresswoman. Later, she yet again created history when she—though unsuccessfullyVran for Democratic Party's presidential nomination to contest for US presidency. Throughout her career, she advocated racial equality and women empowerment. As an author, she penned two books.

 27 Amber Rudd

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Famous As: Former Home Secretary of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: August 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 28 Dilma Rousseff

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Famous As: 36th President of Brazil
Birthdate: December 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Brazilian

Brazilian economist and politician Dilma Rousseff served as the president of Brazil from 2011 to 2016, becoming the first Brazilian woman president. She has also served as former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s Chief of Staff earlier and has been part of various energy-conservation groups.

 29 Golda Meir

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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Israel
Birthdate: May 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Israeli, Ukrainian
Died: December 8, 1978

Born in present-day Ukraine and brought up in the United States, the phenomenal rise of Golda Meir to become the prime minister of Israel was driven by her sheer leadership qualities. She steered her country amid hostilities from its neighbourhood during her eventful term as premier which also saw the Yom Kippur War. She is remembered as a strong-willed woman.

 30 Priyanka Gandhi

Priyanka Gandhi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 31 Jayalalitha Jayaram

Jayalalitha Jayaram
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Famous As: Indian Politician
Birthdate: February 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian
Died: December 5, 2016

 32 Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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Famous As: Writer, Politician, Activist, Feminist
Birthdate: November 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Somali-born Dutch-American activist, feminist, and scholar Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the founder of an organization for the defense of women's rights, the AHA Foundation. She actively opposes forced marriage, honor violence, and child marriage. A former Muslim, she now identifies as an atheist and is a vocal critic of Islam. She is a recipient of the Lantos Human Rights Prize.

 33 Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott
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Famous As: Former Shadow Home Secretary
Birthdate: September 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 34 Maneka Gandhi

Maneka Gandhi
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Famous As: Politician, Animal Rights Activist
Birthdate: August 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 35 Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch
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Famous As: Former Attorney General of the United States
Birthdate: May 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 36 Ursula von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen
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Famous As: President of the European Commission
Birthdate: October 8, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German
Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen is currently serving as the first president of the European Commission. Named to Time 100 in 2020, she has previously been the first female defense minister of Germany, and has held positions such as the deputy leader of the CDU and the minister of labor.

 37 Nusrat Jahan

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 38 Khushboo

Khushboo
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Famous As: actor
Birthdate: September 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

 39 Roja

Roja
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 40 Ronna McDaniel

Ronna McDaniel
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 41 Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 23, 1838
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 9, 1927

 42 Tsai Ing-wen

Tsai Ing-wen
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Famous As: President of Taiwan
Birthdate: August 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Taiwanese

Taiwanese politician and academic, Tsai Ing-wen, is currently serving as the seventh president of the Republic of China (Taiwan). She has been in office since 2016. She is a member of the Democratic Progressive Party and the first female president of Taiwan. As the president, she has taken steps to fund green energy initiatives and supports LGBTQA+ rights.

 43 Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson
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Famous As: Editor, Journalist
Birthdate: September 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

Rachel Johnson is a British television presenter, journalist, and author. She is known for appearing in panel discussion programs and debate programs, such as The Pledge and Question Time. A well-known novelist, Johnson served as a judge of the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the UK.

 44 Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 11, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 45 Glenda Jackson

Glenda Jackson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

Glenda Jackson is best known for her Academy Award-winning roles in the films Women in Love and A Touch of Class. She has also won two Emmys for playing Elizabeth I in the TV series Elizabeth R and a Tony for her role in the play Three Tall Women.

 46 Kirron Kher

Kirron Kher
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

 47 Corazon Aquino

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Famous As: Former President of Phillipines
Birthdate: January 25, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Filipino
Died: August 1, 2009
Corazon Aquino, or Cory Aquino, was the first female president of the Philippines. She led the People Power Revolution after her husband Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.’s assassination and ended the 21-year dictatorial reign of President Ferdinand Marcos. In 1986, Corazon was named Time Magazine’s Woman of the Year.

 48 Ayanna Pressley

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 49 Lisa Murkowski

Lisa Murkowski
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 50 Mayawati

Mayawati
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 15, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian