Women Prime Ministers

Throughout history, there have been many women prime ministers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female prime ministers such as Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, Golda Meir, Julia Gillard.The women prime ministers 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 Theresa May

Theresa May
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Famous As: Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: October 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Theresa May is a British politician who became the United Kingdom's second female prime minister. She served as prime minister from 2016 to 2019. During her prime ministership, May's involvement in the Brexit negotiations gave rise to the Brexit withdrawal agreement. She is also credited with co-founding Women2Win, which promotes women empowerment.

 2 Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel
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Famous As: Chancellor of Germany
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.

 3 Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
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.

 4 Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern
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Famous As: Prime Minister of New Zealand
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.

 5 Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi
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Famous As: 3rd Prime Minister of India
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.

 6 Golda Meir

Golda Meir
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Israel
Birthdate: May 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kiev, Russian Empire
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.

 7 Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: September 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barry, Vale of Glamorgan
Julia Gillard was the Australian prime minister from 2010 to 2013. She became the first lady prime minister, deputy prime minister, and leader of a political party in Australia. She has also held other significant positions, such as the minister of education. She has now devoted her life to academics.
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 8 Sanna Marin

Sanna Marin
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: November 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

 9 Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto
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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.

 10 Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada

Canadian politician and Progressive Conservative leader Kim Campbell made headlines when she became the first woman to serve as the prime minister of Canada and remains the only woman to have achieved the feat. After quitting her doctoral studies, she studied law and joined the British Columbia Bar.

 11 Sheikh Hasina

Sheikh Hasina
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Famous As: Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Birthdate: September 28, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tungipara, Bangladesh

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.

 12 Yulia Tymoshenko

Yulia Tymoshenko
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Ukraine
Birthdate: November 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dnipro

The feisty Orange Revolution leader Yulia Tymoshenko became Ukraine’s first lady prime minister in 2005 and was back in power from 2007 to 2010. She made her signature blonde ponytail, sometimes worn in a crown-shaped braid, a fashion statement. Tymoshenko was on Forbes’s list of the world’s most powerful women.

 13 Mette Frederiksen

Mette Frederiksen
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Aalborg, Denmark

 14 Ana Brnabić

Ana Brnabić
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 28, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia

 15 Sirimavo Bandaranaike

Sirimavo Bandaranaike
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
Birthdate: April 17, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: British Ceylon
Died: October 10, 2000
Sirimavo Bandaranaike served as the prime minister of Sri Lanka and was the world's first female prime minister. She was initially married to prime minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike and participated in charitable work for rural women. She joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party after her husband’s assassination.

 16 Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Helle Thorning-Schmidt
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rødovre, Denmark

 17 Yingluck Shinawatra

Yingluck Shinawatra
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Famous As: Prime Minister of Thailand (2011-2014)
Birthdate: June 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Kamphaeng District, Thailand

Born into an affluent business and political family of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra received an elite education. She became the country’s first female prime minister but later fled the country when charges of corruption were brought against her. It is believed she is now exiled in London.

 18 Katrín Jakobsdóttir

Katrín Jakobsdóttir
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: February 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 19 Beata Szydło

Beata Szydło
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: April 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oświęcim, Poland

 20 Viorica Dăncilă

Viorica Dăncilă
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Roșiorii de Vede, Romania

 21 Chandrika Kumaratunga

Chandrika Kumaratunga
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Famous As: Fifth President of Sri Lanka
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. 

 22 Sophie Wilmes

Sophie Wilmes
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium

 23 Portia Simpson-Miller

Portia Simpson-Miller
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wood Hall, Jamaica

 24 Jenny Shipley

Jenny Shipley
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gore, New Zealand

 25 Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Kamla Persad-Bissessar
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Famous As: Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
Birthdate: April 22, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Penal

Kamla Persad-Bissessar is a Trinidadian and Tobagonian politician who served as the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago from 2010 to 2015. Kamla is Trinidad and Tobago's first female prime minister, leader of the opposition, and attorney general. In 2011, she was named the world's 13th most influential female leader by Time magazine.

 26 Ewa Kopacz

Ewa Kopacz
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Skaryszew, Poland

 27 Janet Jagan

Janet Jagan
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 28, 2009

 28 Tansu Çiller

Tansu Çiller
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Famous As: Prime Minister, Economist
Birthdate: May 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Istanbul

 29 Édith Cresson

Édith Cresson
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 27, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Édith Cresson is a French politician who served as the prime minister of France from 1991 to 1992. She is the first, and so far the only woman to have held this office. Her term was uneventful and her political career ended in scandal. She is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders as well.  

 30 Ingrida Šimonytė

Ingrida Šimonytė
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

 31 Nadia Calviño

Nadia Calviño
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Famous As: Economist, Politician
Birthdate: October 3, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: A Coruña, Spain

 32 Eugenia Charles

Eugenia Charles
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 15, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pointe Michel, Dominica
Died: September 6, 2005

 33 Evelyn Wever-Croes

Evelyn Wever-Croes
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands

 34 Aleqa Hammond

Aleqa Hammond
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Narsaq, Greenland

 35 Jadranka Kosor

Jadranka Kosor
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pakrac, Croatia

 36 Mari Kiviniemi

Mari Kiviniemi
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Finland
Birthdate: September 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Seinäjoki

 37 Alenka Bratušek

Alenka Bratušek
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Celje, Slovenia

 38 Rose Christiane Raponda

Rose Christiane Raponda
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Libreville, Gabon

 39 Hanna Suchocka

Hanna Suchocka
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pleszew, Poland

 40 Thokozani Khuphe

Thokozani Khuphe
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Makokoba, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

 41 Laimdota Straujuma

Laimdota Straujuma
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 24, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mežvidi Parish, Latvia

 42 Iveta Radičová

Iveta Radičová
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

 43 Sylvie Kinigi

Sylvie Kinigi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Burundi

 44 Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo

Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo
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Famous As: Chemical engineer
Birthdate: January 18, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Abrantes, Portugal
Died: July 10, 2004

 45 Milka Planinc

Milka Planinc
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Drniš, Croatia
Died: October 7, 2010

 46 Carmen Calvo

Carmen Calvo
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cabra, Córdoba, Spain

 47 Aminata Toure

Aminata Toure
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

 48 Kazimira Prunskienė

Kazimira Prunskienė
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: February 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vasiuliškė, Lithuania

 49 Elisabeth Domitien

Elisabeth Domitien
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Famous As: Prime minister
Birthdate: 1925 AD
Birthplace: Central African Republic
Died: April 26, 2005

 50 Michèle Pierre-Louis

Michèle Pierre-Louis
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jeremie, Haiti