Women Political Leaders

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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.
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 1 
Angela Merkel
(First Female Chancellor of Germany (2005 - 2021))
Angela Merkel
53
Birthdate: July 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

The current chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel is widely described as the world's most powerful woman. Also considered the de facto leader of the European Union (EU), Angela Merkel has played an important role in strengthening international trade agreements. In 2020, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.

 2 
Margaret Thatcher
(The Longest-Serving British Prime Minister of the 20th Century)
Margaret Thatcher
46
Birthdate: October 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
Died: April 8, 2013

United Kingdom’s first female Prime Minister and also the longest serving Prime Minister in the 20th century, Margaret Thatcher served three consecutive terms in the office from 1979 till 1990. Her political views and leadership approach, known as Thatcherism, got her the nickname of Iron Lady. Though controversial, she prominently ranks high in the list of the best British Prime Ministers.

 3 
Lyudmila Putina
(Ex-Wife of Russian President Vladimir Putin)
Lyudmila Putina
6
Birthdate: January 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kaliningrad, Russia
Lyudmila Putina was married to Russian president and former prime minister Vladimir Putin from 1983 to 2013. Their divorce was publicly announced on national TV, during the intermission of a ballet performance. She has been associated with programs developing the Russian language and was previously a flight attendant for Aeroflot.
 4 
Indira Gandhi
(3rd Prime Minister of India)
Indira Gandhi
19
Birthdate: November 19, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: October 31, 1984

The third Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi served as PM from 1966 till 1977 and then again from 1980 till her assassination in October 1984. She is considered one of India’s strongest PM and is hailed for leading India to victory over Pakistan in 1971, which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh. However, she is also categorised as authoritarian and is criticised for imposing Emergency in 1975.

 5 
Sanna Marin
(The 46th Prime Minister of Finland)
Sanna Marin
7
Birthdate: November 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

Finland’s 46th prime minister, Sanna Marin has also previously been the country’s minister of transport and communications. A Social Democratic Party member, she was dragged into a controversy after a video of her partying and dancing became viral in 2022, with critics accusing her of drug abuse.

 6 
Jacinda Ardern
(40th Prime Minister of New Zealand)
Jacinda Ardern
30
Birthdate: July 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hamilton, New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern is the current Prime Minister of New Zealand. In October 2017, at the age of 37, she became the world's youngest female head of government. Ardern was praised for the way she led her country after the Christchurch mosque shootings in March 2019 and handled the COVID 19 pandemic. She led her party to victory in 2020 general elections.

 7 
Aung San Suu Kyi
(Former State Counsellor of Myanmar (2016 - 2021) and Winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize)
Aung San Suu Kyi
30
Birthdate: June 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese politician and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. She is credited with co-founding the National League for Democracy, which eventually ended the rule of Myanmar's military junta. In 1999, she was named one of the Children of Gandhi by Time magazine for enduring almost 15 years of house arrest for the greater good of Myanmar.

 8 
Tammy Duckworth
(United States Senator from Illinois )
Tammy Duckworth
13
Birthdate: March 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand

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.

 9 
Marine Le Pen
(French Lawyer and President of the National Rally Group in the National Assembly )
Marine Le Pen
16
Birthdate: August 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

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.

 10 
Nikki Haley
(The First Female Governor of South Carolina)
Nikki Haley
22
Birthdate: January 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bamberg, South Carolina, United States

Born to Indian immigrant parents, Nikki Haley went on to become the first Indian-American to hold an office in South Carolina and later became its governor—the first woman and second Indian American to be appointed governor in the US. A published author, she has also served as the US ambassador to the United Nations.

 11 
Shirley Chisholm
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 12th District (1969 - 1983))
Shirley Chisholm
7
Birthdate: November 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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.

 12 
Jeanine Pirro
(American Conservative Television Host and A Former New York State Judge)
Jeanine Pirro
10
Birthdate: June 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elmira, New York, United States

Jeanine Pirro is an American TV host and author. Over the years, she has made important contributions to The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, a syndicated morning talk show. As a former prosecutor and New York State judge, Jeanine Pirro played an important role in several cases involving crimes against the elderly and domestic abuse.

 13 
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
(24th President of Liberia (2006 - 2018))
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
8
Birthdate: October 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Monrovia, Liberia

Liberian politician, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, served as the 24th President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. She was the first elected female head of state in Africa. An alumnus of the Harvard University, she began her political career in the 1970s and rose through the ranks with time. She is the recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

 14 
Golda Meir
(Former Prime Minister of Israel (1969 - 1974))
Golda Meir
6
Birthdate: May 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
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.

 15 
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
(Politician, Anti-Apartheid Activist)
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
10
Birthdate: September 26, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bizana, Eastern Cape
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.
 16 
Jo Cox
(Former British Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen (2015 - 2016))
Jo Cox
4
Birthdate: June 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Batley, West Yorkshire, England
Died: June 16, 2016

British MP and Labour Party politician Jo Cox had also worked with Oxfam. The world was shocked by the news of her brutal assassination in 2016. She was shot and stabbed multiple times by far-right terrorist Thomas Mair, who believed the white race was under threat due to leftist beliefs.

 17 
Tsai Ing-wen
(7th President of the Republic of China)
Tsai Ing-wen
7
Birthdate: August 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan

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.

 18 
Park Geun-hye
(11th President of South Korea)
Park Geun-hye
4
Birthdate: February 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jung District, Taegu, South Korea

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.

 19 
Gabrielle Giffords
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona's 8th district (2007-12))
Gabrielle Giffords
5
Birthdate: June 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States
 20 
Valentina Tereshkova
(The First and Youngest Woman in Space)
Valentina Tereshkova
4
Birthdate: March 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bol'shoe Maslennikovo, Russia
Former cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova is currently part of the Russian State Duma. In 1963, she became the first woman to fly into space when she went on a solo mission aboard the Vostok 6. She has won many honors, such as the Hero of the Soviet Union.
 21 
Katie Porter
(U.S. Representative from California's 45th Congressional District)
Katie Porter
7
Birthdate: January 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Dodge, Iowa, United States

Currently a member of the House of Representative from the 45th Congressional District in Orange County, California, American politician Katie Porter practiced law before taking up teaching as her full time profession. Eventually she won the 2018 election to the House and is now a member of the House Natural Resources Committee and deputy chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

 22 
Carly Fiorina
(CEO of ‘Hewlett-Packard’, the First Woman to Lead a Fortune Top-20 Company)
Carly Fiorina
8
Birthdate: September 6, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States

Carly Fiorina made history by becoming the first female head of a Dow Jones-listed company when she became the CEO of HP. The daughter of a law professor father, she had initially joined law school but then dropped out to study management. She has also been Ted Cruz’s vice-presidential running mate.

 23 
Kim Yo-jong
(North Korean Politician and Deputy Department Director of the Publicity and Information Department of)
Kim Yo-jong
6
Birthdate: September 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pyongyang, North Korea
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. 
 24 
Linda McMahon
(25th Administrator of the Small Business Administration (2017 - 2019))
Linda McMahon
7
Birthdate: October 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Bern, North Carolina, United States

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.

 25 
Amber Rudd
(Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2018 - 2019))
Amber Rudd
5
Birthdate: August 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England, United Kingdom

Amber Rudd is a former politician who served as the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions of the United Kingdom from 2018 to 2019. From 2016 to 2018, she served as Home Secretary under Prime Minister Theresa May. Also a humanitarian, Amber Rudd is part of an organization called Snowdon Trust, which helps disabled people access education.

 26 
Ursula von der Leyen
(President of the European Commission )
Ursula von der Leyen
7
Birthdate: October 8, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ixelles, Belgium
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.
 27 
Elise Stefanik
(Politician)
Elise Stefanik
7
Birthdate: July 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Albany, New York, U.S.
 28 
Kyrsten Sinema
(United States Senator from Arizona)
Kyrsten Sinema
11
Birthdate: July 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States
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
 29 
Glenda Jackson
(English Actress and Politician Known for Her for Role as ‘Gudrun Brangwen’ in the Film ‘Women in Love’)
Glenda Jackson
4
Birthdate: May 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Birkenhead, England

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.

 30 
Irène Joliot-Curie
(French Physicist, Politician and Winner of the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry)
Irène Joliot-Curie
4
Birthdate: September 12, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 17, 1956

Marie Curie and Pierre Curie’s daughter, Irène Joliot-Curie, herself a brilliant scientist, won the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with her husband, Joliot-Curie, for discovering artificial radioactivity. She was also one of the first three female French government members. She tragically died of leukemia caused by exposure to radiation.

 31 
Ilona Staller
(Hungarian Former Pornographic Actress and Member of the Chamber of Deputies (1987 - 1992))
Ilona Staller
4
Birthdate: November 26, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Ilona Staller is a former porn star, singer, and politician. She achieved popularity by appearing in Telefono rosso, the first Italian hardcore pornography production, and then went on to pose nude in Playboy's editions around the world. In 1980, an erotic series titled La Cicciolina was made based on Ilona Staller's life and career.

 32 
Kirsten Gillibrand
(United States Senator from New York)
Kirsten Gillibrand
8
Birthdate: December 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: AlAlbany, New York, United States

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.

 33 
Diane Abbott
(Former Shadow Home Secretary)
Diane Abbott
6
Birthdate: September 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom
 34 
Chrystia Freeland
(10th Deputy Prime Minister of Canada )
Chrystia Freeland
6
Birthdate: August 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peace River, Canada
Known as the Minister of Everything, Christina Freeland is Canada’s 10th deputy prime minister. She is also Canada’s finance minister and the first woman to hold the office. She has previously worked with the Financial Times, Thomson Reuters, and The Globe and Mail. She has also authored a bestselling book. 
 35 
Katie Hill
(Former United States Representative)
Katie Hill
6
Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas, United States
 36 
Angela Rayner
(Politician)
Angela Rayner
4
Birthdate: March 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stockport, England
 37 
Ann Richards
(Politician)
Ann Richards
5
Birthdate: September 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lacy Lakeview, Texas, United States
Died: September 13, 2006
 38 
Elizabeth Dole
(Politician)
Elizabeth Dole
6
Birthdate: July 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salisbury, North Carolina, USA
 39 
Rachel Johnson
(Editor, Journalist)
Rachel Johnson
4
Birthdate: September 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

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.

 40 
Nirmala Sitharaman
(Politician)
Nirmala Sitharaman
7
Birthdate: August 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Madurai, Madras State, India (present-day Tamil Nadu)
One of the world’s 100 most powerful women in 2020 according to Forbes, BJP member Nirmala Sitharaman is the first woman to be a full-time finance minister of India. The Madurai-born JNU alumna had earlier quit her PhD program in economics midway to move to London with her husband.
 41 
Benazir Bhutto
(Former Prime Minister of Pakistan)
Benazir Bhutto
120
Birthdate: June 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Karachi
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.

 42 
Meg Whitman
(Former CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise)
Meg Whitman
5
Birthdate: August 4, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cold Spring Harbor, New York, United States
Meg Whitman has previously been the CEO of HP and eBay. She has also been associated with companies such as The Walt Disney Company and P&G. She was part of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns and also ran for California’s governor in 2010. She later supported Joe Biden’s presidential run.
 43 
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
(US Political Representative)
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
10
Birthdate: August 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, United States
 44 
Liz Cheney
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming's At-Large District)
Liz Cheney
13
Birthdate: July 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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.

 45 
Marsha Blackburn
(American Politician & Businesswoman)
Marsha Blackburn
6
Birthdate: June 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, United States
 46 
Geraldine Ferraro
(Politician)
Geraldine Ferraro
12
Birthdate: August 26, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newburgh, New York, United States
Died: March 26, 2011
 47 
Dilma Rousseff
(36th President of Brazil)
Dilma Rousseff
4
Birthdate: December 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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.

 48 
Kamala Harris
(The First Female Vice President of the United States)
Kamala Harris
102
Birthdate: October 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States

A Democrat politician and lawyer, Kamala Harris is the vice president-elect of the United States. She will assume the office on 20 January 2021, alongside President-elect Joe Biden.  Half-Indian, half-Jamaican, Harris is the first woman, the first Black person and the first Asian-American to be elected vice president.  

 49 
Janet Reno
(78th United States Attorney General (1993 - 2001))
Janet Reno
7
Birthdate: July 21, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: November 7, 2016

Janet Reno was an American lawyer. From 1993 to 2001, Reno served as the United States attorney general (AG) after she was nominated by President Bill Clinton. Not only was she the first woman to serve as the US attorney general, but Janet Reno was also the second-longest serving AG in the history of the United States.

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Mazie Hirono
(Politician)
Mazie Hirono
5
Birthdate: November 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fukushima, Japan