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 
Jacinda Ardern
(Prime Minister of New Zealand)

Jacinda Ardern
14
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.

 2 
Indira Gandhi
(3rd Prime Minister of India)

Indira Gandhi
17
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.

 3 
Margaret Thatcher
(The Longest-Serving British Prime Minister of the 20th Century)

Margaret Thatcher
10
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 
Sanna Marin
(Prime Minister)

Sanna Marin
7
Birthdate: November 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

 5 
Theresa May
(Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)

Theresa May
18
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.

 6 
Golda Meir
(Prime Minister of Israel (1969-74))

Golda Meir
8
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.

 7 
Julia Gillard
(27th Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013))

Julia Gillard
7
Birthdate: September 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barry, Wales
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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Yulia Tymoshenko
(Prime Minister of Ukraine (2007-2010))

Yulia Tymoshenko
5
Birthdate: November 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dnipro, Ukraine

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.

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 
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
(Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1960-65, 1970-77, 1994-2000))

Sirimavo Bandaranaike
4
Birthdate: April 17, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mahawalathenna, Sri Lanka
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.

 11 
Kim Campbell
(19th Prime Minister of Canada (June 1993 - November 1993))

Kim Campbell
8
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.

 12 
Yingluck Shinawatra
(Prime Minister of Thailand (2011-2014))

Yingluck Shinawatra
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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.

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Mette Frederiksen
(Politician)

Mette Frederiksen
4
Birthdate: November 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Aalborg, Denmark

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Helle Thorning-Schmidt
5
Birthdate: December 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rødovre, Denmark

 15 
Sheikh Hasina
(Prime Minister of Bangladesh)

Sheikh Hasina
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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.

 16 
Katrín Jakobsdóttir
(Prime Minister)

Katrín Jakobsdóttir
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Birthdate: February 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 17 
Chandrika Kumaratunga
(5th President of Sri Lanka (1994-2005))

Chandrika Kumaratunga
4
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. 

 18 
Ana Brnabić
(Politician)

Ana Brnabić
4
Birthdate: September 28, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia

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

Portia Simpson-Miller is a Jamaican politician best known for her service as the Prime Minister of Jamaica on two occasions; from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2016. From 2005 to 2017, Portia Simpson-Miller served as the leader of the People's National Party. 

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Helen Clark
(37th Prime Minister of New Zealand)

Helen Clark
3
Birthdate: February 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Te Pahu, New Zealand

Helen Clark is a New Zealand politician who served as the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008. She was only the second woman to hold the prime minister's office in New Zealand. An important politician, Helen Clark also served as the Minister of Health from 1989 to 1990 and as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2008.   

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Khaleda Zia
(Prime Minister of Bangladesh 2001 to 2006)

Khaleda Zia
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Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: Jalpaiguri, West Bengal

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.

 22 
Mia Mottley
(8th Prime Minister of Barbados)

Mia Mottley
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Birthdate: October 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barbados

 23 
Agathe Uwilingiyimana
(4th Prime Minister of Rwanda)

Agathe Uwilingiyimana
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Birthdate: May 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nyaruhengeri, Butare, Rwanda-Urundi
Died: April 7, 1994

 24 
Jenny Shipley
(Politician)

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

Jenny Shipley is a New Zealand retired politician who became the first female Prime Minister of the country in 1997. She served as the Prime Minister until 1999 and then served as the Leader of the Opposition from 1999 to 2001. An influential politician, Jenny Shipley also served as the Minister of Health from 1993 to 1996.

 25 
Beata Szydło
(Prime Minister)

Beata Szydło
3
Birthdate: April 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oświęcim, Poland

 26 
Kamla Persad-Bissessar
(Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago)

Kamla Persad-Bissessar
3
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.

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Sophie Wilmes
(Politician)

Sophie Wilmes
3
Birthdate: January 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium

Politician Sophie Wilmes scripted history when she became the first Belgian woman to become the country’s head of government, when she took over as Belgium’s prime minister. She has also been Belgium’s minister of budget. A powerful female icon, she made it to the Forbes list of Power Women in 2019.

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Viorica Dăncilă
(Politician)

Viorica Dăncilă
3
Birthdate: December 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Roșiorii de Vede, Romania

 29 
Ewa Kopacz
(Politician)

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

 30 
Ingrida Šimonytė
(Prime Minister)

Ingrida Šimonytė
3
Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

 31 
Tansu Çiller
(22nd Prime Minister of Turkey)

Tansu Çiller
3
Birthdate: May 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey

 32 
Janet Jagan
(Politician)

Janet Jagan
4
Birthdate: October 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 28, 2009

 33 
Édith Cresson
(Politician)

Édith Cresson
2
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.  

 34 
Nadia Calviño
(Economist, Politician)

Nadia Calviño
3
Birthdate: October 3, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: A Coruña, Spain

 35 
Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa
(7th Prime Minister of Samoa)

Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa
1
Birthdate: April 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Apia, Samoa

 36 
Robinah Nabbanja
(Prime Minister of Uganda)

Robinah Nabbanja
0
Birthdate: December 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Uganda

 37 
Eugenia Charles
(Politician)

Eugenia Charles
2
Birthdate: May 15, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pointe Michel, Dominica
Died: September 6, 2005

 38 
Evelyn Wever-Croes
(Politician)

Evelyn Wever-Croes
2
Birthdate: December 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands

 39 
Mari Kiviniemi
(41st Prime Minister of Finland)

Mari Kiviniemi
2
Birthdate: September 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Seinäjoki, Finland

 40 
Aleqa Hammond
(Politician)

Aleqa Hammond
2
Birthdate: September 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Narsaq, Greenland

 41 
Alenka Bratušek
(Politician)

Alenka Bratušek
2
Birthdate: March 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Celje, Slovenia

 42 
Rebecca Kadaga
(First Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda)

Rebecca Kadaga
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Birthdate: May 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kamuli, Uganda

 43 
Jadranka Kosor
(Politician)

Jadranka Kosor
2
Birthdate: July 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pakrac, Croatia

 44 
Thokozani Khuphe
(Politician)

Thokozani Khuphe
1
Birthdate: November 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Makokoba, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

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

 46 
Sylvie Kinigi
(Politician)

Sylvie Kinigi
1
Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Burundi

 47 
Hanna Suchocka
(Politician)

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

Hanna Suchocka is a Polish lawyer, political figure, and professor of constitutional law at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Hanna Suchocka served as the Prime Minister of Poland from 1992 to 1993, becoming the first Polish woman to hold this post and only the 14th woman to serve as a nation's prime minister.

 48 
Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo
(Prime Minister of Portugal (August 1979 - January 1980))

Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo
1
Birthdate: January 18, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Abrantes, Portugal
Died: July 10, 2004

Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo was a Portuguese politician and chemical engineer. In 1979, she became the first woman to be elected as the Prime Minister of Portugal. She is only the second woman after Margaret Thatcher to hold the office of the prime minister in Western Europe. Maria also served as the Minister of Social Affairs from 1974 to 1975. 

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Carmen Calvo
(Politician)

Carmen Calvo
2
Birthdate: June 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cabra, Córdoba, Spain

 50 
Milka Planinc
(Politician)

Milka Planinc
1
Birthdate: November 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Drniš, Croatia
Died: October 7, 2010