Women Presidents

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Throughout history, there have been many women presidents who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female presidents such as Park Geun-hye, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Dilma Rousseff, Dalia Grybauskaitė, Corazon Aquino.The women presidents featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.
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 1 
Tsai Ing-wen
(7th President of the Republic of China)
Tsai Ing-wen
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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.

 2 
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
(24th President of Liberia (2006 - 2018))
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
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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.

 3 
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
(President of Croatia (2015 - 2020))
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
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Birthdate: April 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rijeka, Croatia
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.
 4 
Jeanine Anez
(Politician)
Jeanine Anez
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Birthdate: August 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Joaquin, Bolivia
 5 
Halimah Yacob
(8th President of Singapore)
Halimah Yacob
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Birthdate: August 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Queen Street, Singapore

Singaporean politician and former lawyer Halimah Yacob is the eighth and incumbent President of Singapore.  She ran for the 2017 presidential election as an independent and won an uncontested election thus becoming the first female President of Singapore. She earlier served as Member of Parliament during 2001-17 as member of People's Action Party and also as parliament Speaker during 2013-17.   

 6 
Zuzana Čaputová
(The First Woman to be Elected as the President of Slovakia.)
Zuzana Čaputová
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Birthdate: June 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Zuzana Čaputová is a Slovak politician, environmental activist, and lawyer. In 2019, Čaputová became the first woman to be elected as the President of Slovakia. She also became the youngest Slovak president of all time as she was 45 years old when she was elected. In 2020, Zuzana Čaputová was included in Forbes magazine's World's 100 Most Powerful Women list.

 7 
Corazon Aquino
(Former President of Phillipines)
Corazon Aquino
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Birthdate: January 25, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paniqui, Tarlac
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.
 8 
Park Geun-hye
(11th President of South Korea)
Park Geun-hye
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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.

 9 
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
(President of Argentina (2007 - 2015), 37th Vice President of Argentina (Since 2019))
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
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Birthdate: February 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tolosa, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lawyer-turned-politician Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is the incumbent vice president of Argentina. She had previously served as the president of her country and the national senator of Buenos Aires. Cristina became the first directly elected lady Argentine president, though her presidency was riddled with corruption scandals and protests.
 10 
Mary Robinson
(7th President of Ireland (1990 - 1997))
Mary Robinson
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Birthdate: May 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ballina, Ireland

A seasoned lawyer and a Harvard and Trinity College alumna, politician Mary Robinson has also taught law at Trinity. The Labour Party member later rose to be Ireland’s first female president. She was also a founding member of the global group of peacekeepers and leaders The Elders.

 11 
Isabel Martínez de Perón
(Former President of Argentina)
Isabel Martínez de Perón
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Birthdate: February 4, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: La Rioja

The first lady president in the world, Argentine cabaret dancer-turned-politician Isabel Martínez de Perón had taken over the presidency after her husband, President Juan Perón’s death. After being ousted by the military in 1976, she was under a 5-year house arrest. She now lives in a secluded villa near Madrid.

 12 
Dilma Rousseff
(36th President of Brazil)
Dilma Rousseff
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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.

 13 
Vjosa Osmani
(Politician)
Vjosa Osmani
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Birthdate: May 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Titova Mitrovica, SR Serbia, Kosovska, Mitrovica
 14 
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
(Former President of Philippines)
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
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Birthdate: April 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Juan, Metro Manila

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is a Filipino politician and academic. From 2001 to 2010, Arroyo served as the president of the Philippines. Before serving as the president, Arroyo served as a senator and as the vice president of the Philippines. She later served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives from 2018 to 2019.

 15 
Megawati Sukarnoputri
(The First Female President of Indonesia)
Megawati Sukarnoputri
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Birthdate: January 23, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Megawati Sukarnoputri is an Indonesian politician who became the first female president of the country in 2001. An important political leader, Sukarnoputri also served as the Vice President of Indonesia from 21 October 1999 to 23 July 2001. Megawati Sukarnoputri is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Star of the Republic of Indonesia award.

 16 
Dalia Grybauskaitė
(4th President of Lithuania (2009 - 2019))
Dalia Grybauskaitė
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Birthdate: March 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

Dalia Grybauskaitė became the first female president of Lithuania and the first to be re-elected. Popularly known as Lithuania’s Iron Lady and often compared to Margaret Thatcher, she has also been the UN Commissioner of the Year. A black belt in karate, she has mastery over four languages.

 17 
Chandrika Kumaratunga
(5th President of Sri Lanka (1994-2005))
Chandrika Kumaratunga
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Birthdate: June 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Chandrika Kumaratunga is a Sri Lankan politician who became the first female president when she was elected as the president of Sri Lanka in 1994. Having served as the president from 1994 to 2005, Kumaratunga is the only female Sri Lankan president to date. She also served as the head of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party from 1994 to 2006. 

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Sahle-Work Zewde
(The First Woman to Become the President of Ethiopia)
Sahle-Work Zewde
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Birthdate: February 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Sahle-Work Zewde is an Ethiopian diplomat and politician. In 2018, she became the first woman to be elected to the president's office in Ethiopia and has been serving as the president of Ethiopia since then. Sahle-Work Zewde has been featured on Forbes magazine's World's 100 Most Powerful Women list.

 19 
Kersti Kaljulaid
(Fifth President of Estonia (2016 – 2021))
Kersti Kaljulaid
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Birthdate: December 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tartu, Estonia

Kersti Kaljulaid is an Estonian politician best known for her service as the President of Estonia from 10 October 2016 to 11 October 2021. Not only is she the first female president of Estonia since its independence in 1918, Kersti Kaljulaid was also the youngest president as she was just 46 years old at the time of her election.

 20 
Pratibha Patil
(Former President of India)
Pratibha Patil
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Birthdate: December 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nadgaon, Maharashtra, India

Pratibha Patil served as the president of India from 2007 to 2012 and was the first and only woman to have held the position. The INC member had also been the governor of the Indian state of Rajasthan earlier. She had started her political career as an MLA from Jalgaon.

 21 
Mary McAleese
(8th President of Ireland (1997 - 2011))
Mary McAleese
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Birthdate: June 27, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ardoyne, Ireland

Apart from being a qualified barrister, Mary McAleese also taught criminal law at the Trinity College and also worked as a journalist. She later joined Fianna Fáil and soon became Ireland’s second female president. She has also written several books, including an autobiography. She is known as a prominent LGBT activist.

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Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
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Birthdate: April 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
 23 
Tarja Halonen
(The First Woman to be Finland's President)
Tarja Halonen
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Birthdate: December 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Finland’s 11th president, Tarja Halonen was also the first Finnish female politician to hold the post. Initially a lawyer at the Central Organization of Finnish Trade Unions, she stepped into politics as the parliamentary secretary of Finnish prime minister Kalevi Sorsa. She has also been Finland’s minister of justice and foreign affairs.

 24 
Violeta Chamorro
(President of Nicaragua (1990 - 1997))
Violeta Chamorro
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Birthdate: October 18, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rivas, Nicaragua

The only woman to ever serve as the president of Nicaragua, Violeta Chamorro, was born to an affluent cattle rancher and was mostly educated in the U.S. She was married to La Prensa heir Pedro Joaquim Chamorro Cardenal and later took over the operations of the paper.

 25 
Salome Zourabichvili
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Birthdate: March 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
 26 
Dariga Nazarbayeva
(Politician)
Dariga Nazarbayeva
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Birthdate: May 7, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Temirtau, Kazakhstan
 27 
Sandra Mason
(1st President of Barbados, Lawyer, and diplomat)
Sandra Mason
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Birthdate: January 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Philip, Barbados
 28 
Joyce Banda
(Politician)
Joyce Banda
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Birthdate: April 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Malemia, Malawi
 29 
Biljana Plavšić
(Bosnian Serb Politician Who was Convicted of Crimes Against Humanity for Her Role in the Bosnian War)
Biljana Plavšić
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Birthdate: July 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Biljana Plavšić is a Bosnian Serb retired politician. She is best known for her service as the President of Republika Srpska from 1996 to 1998. She played an important role during the Bosnian War and was later indicted for crimes against humanity during the war. Prior to entering politics, Biljana Plavšić worked as a professor at the University of Sarajevo.

 30 
Bidya Devi Bhandari
(President of Nepal)
Bidya Devi Bhandari
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Birthdate: June 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manebhanjyang, Nepal

Bidya Devi Bhandari is a Nepalese politician and the current president of Nepal. An important politician, Bidya Devi Bhandari previously served as the minister of environment and population from March 1997 to October 1997. She also served as the minister of defence from 2009 to 2011. In 2016, she was included in Forbes magazine's world's 100 most powerful women list. 

 31 
Janet Jagan
(Politician)
Janet Jagan
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Birthdate: October 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 28, 2009
 32 
Laura Chinchilla
(46th President of Costa Rica (2010 - 2014))
Laura Chinchilla
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Birthdate: March 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Carmen, Costa Rica

The first female president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, had worked as an NGO consultant in Africa and Latin America before stepping into politics. The National Liberation Party member has earned several honorary doctorates and now teaches public policy at Georgetown University. Though an LGBT sympathizer, she opposes same-sex marriages.

 33 
Zeljka Cvijanovic
(The 9th President of Republika Srpska)
Zeljka Cvijanovic
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Birthdate: August 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Teslić, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia

The 9th president of Republika Srpska, which is a part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zeljka Cvijanovic has also headed the region as its 11th prime minister. The Alliance of Independent Social Democrats member also teaches English language and literature and has a master’s degree in law.

 34 
Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga
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Birthdate: December 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
 35 
Catherine Samba-Panza
(President of the Central African Republic 2014 - 2016)
Catherine Samba-Panza
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Birthdate: June 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: N'Djamena, Chad
 36 
Mireya Moscoso
(Former President of Panama (1999 - 2004))
Mireya Moscoso
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Birthdate: July 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pedasi, Panama

Mireya Moscoso is a Panamanian politician who became the first female president of Panama in 1999. Previously married to three-time president Arnulfo Arias, she assumed control of his political party, the Arnulfista Party (PA), after his death. Her tenure as the president was marred by corruption scandals, and she was succeeded by Martín Torrijos in 2004. 

 37 
Maria Fernanda Espinosa
(Ecuadorian Diplomat and Politician)
Maria Fernanda Espinosa
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Birthdate: September 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Salamanca, Spain

Maria Fernanda Espinosa is an Ecuadorian diplomat and politician. She is best known for her service as the Minister of Foreign Affairs on two occasions; from January 2007 to December 2007 and again from May 2017 to June 2018. An influential political leader, Maria Fernanda Espinosa also served as the Minister of National Defense from November 2012 to September 2014.

 38 
Nino Burjanadze
(Politician)
Nino Burjanadze
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Birthdate: July 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kutaisi, Georgia
 39 
Ertha Pascal-Trouillot
(First Female Provisional President of Haiti)
Ertha Pascal-Trouillot
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Birthdate: August 13, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pétion-Ville, Haiti

Initially a lawyer and the first female justice at the Supreme Court of Haiti, Ertha Pascal-Trouillot later rose to be Haiti’s first provisional female president. Her main task as the provisional president was to prepare Haiti for the elections, while coordinating with the 19-member Council of State.

 40 
Lidia Gueiler Tejada
(Political Leader)
Lidia Gueiler Tejada
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Birthdate: August 28, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cochabamba, Bolivia
Died: May 9, 2011
 41 
Ruth Perry
(Politician)
Ruth Perry
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Birthdate: July 16, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grand Cape Mount, Liberia
Died: January 8, 2017
 42 
Sylvie Kinigi
(Politician)
Sylvie Kinigi
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Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Burundi
 43 
Agatha Barbara
(Politician)
Agatha Barbara
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Birthdate: March 11, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Żabbar, Malta
Died: February 4, 2002
 44 
Rosalía Arteaga
(Ecuador's First Female President)
Rosalía Arteaga
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Birthdate: December 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cuenca, Ecuador

The 39th president of Ecuador, Rosalía Arteaga had been an acting president for a couple of days in 1997 and thus also scripted history as Ecuador’s first woman to hold the post. Initially a lawyer and educator, she stepped into politics as a councilwoman in Cuenca.

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Anne Malherbe Gosselin
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Birthdate: December 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Namur, Belgium

Anne Malherbe Gosselin is a Belgian teacher and wife of Ecuadorian politician and economist Rafael Correa. While Correa served as the President of Ecuador from 2007 to 2017, Anne Malherbe Gosselin served as the First Lady of Ecuador. She currently lives in Belgium with her husband.

 46 
Maria Alejandra Vicuna
(Ecuador's 49th Vice President)
Maria Alejandra Vicuna
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Birthdate: February 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Ecuador’s 49th vice-president, Maria Alejandra Vicuna has also led the country as its Minister of Urban Development and Housing. The PAIS Alliance member also co-founded the Ecuadorian Commission on Education, Science, Technology, and Communication. She has also spent a year in prison for receiving money illegally.

 47 
Zarela Villanueva Monge
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Birthdate: May 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cartago, Costa Rica
 48 
Isha Johansen
(Businessperson)
Isha Johansen
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Birthdate: December 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Freetown, Sierra Leone
 49 
Sandra Midence
(Politician)
Sandra Midence
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Birthplace: Honduran
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Candy Lightner
(President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
Candy Lightner
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Birthdate: May 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: California, United States