Who are the the most powerful women leaders around the world? They are the smartest and toughest female leaders making their mark in the world today.
1. Hillary Clinton, U.S
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) is an American politician. We all know that she is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election, the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. From 2001 to 2009, Clinton served as a United States Senator from New York. In addition, she is the wife of the 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton. She also was First Lady of the United States during his tenure from 1993 to 2001.
2. Angela Merkel, Germany
Angela Dorothea Merkel (née Kasner; born 17 July 1954) is a German politician and former research scientist. Merkel has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005. Besides, she has been the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000.
She is the first woman to hold either office. Forbes magazine ranked her the world’s second most powerful person in 2012. That was the highest ranking ever for a woman, and ranked fifth now.
3. Sonia Gandhi, India
Sonia Gandhi (born 9 December 1946) is an Italian-born Indian politician, who has served as President of the Indian National Congress party since 1998. She is the widow of former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi who belonged to the Nehru–Gandhi family. After her husband’s assassination in 1991, Congress leaders invited her to take over the government but she refused and publicly stayed away from politics amidst constant prodding from the party. She finally agreed to join politics in 1997. In 1998, she became President of the Congress party.
4. Park Geun Hye, Korea
Park Geun-hye (born 2 February 1952) is the eleventh and current President of South Korea. She is the first female in South Korean politics who was elected as a president. She also is the first woman head of state in modern history of Northeast Asia. Prior to her presidency, and she was the chairwoman of the conservative Grand National Party (GNP). She is generally considered to be one of the most influential politicians, most powerful personalities in the history of South Korea.
5. Dilma Rousseff, Brazil
Dilma Vana Rousseff (born 14 December 1947) is a Brazilian economist and politician currently serving as the 36th President of Brazil. She is the first woman to hold the office. She was previously the Chief of Staff of the President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from 2005 to 2010. But in April, 2016, she has to face impeachment for being accused of using illegal accounting tricks designed to disguise the state of the economy before the 2014 presidential election.
6. Johanna Sigurdardottir, Ireland
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (born 4 October 1942) is the prime minister of Ireland. Sigurdardottir has also served as the minister of social affairs and security. Furthermore, this woman has become Iceland’s first prime minister and the world’s first openly lesbian head of government. In 2009, Forbes listed her among the 100 Most Powerful Women in the world.
7. Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand
Yingluck Shinawatra (born 21 June 1967), nicknamed Pu is a Thai businesswoman and politician, member of the Pheu Thai Party, the 28th and current Prime Minister of Thailand. Besides, she is Thailand’s first female Prime Minister and at 45 is the youngest Prime Minister of Thailand in over 60 years.
8. Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan
Benazir Bhutto (June 21, 1953 – December 27, 2007) was the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan, serving two non-consecutive terms in 1988–90 and then 1993–96. A scion of the politically powerful Bhutto family, she was the eldest daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a former prime minister himself who founded the centre-left Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). Additionally, she was the first woman to become democratically elected head of any Muslim nation in the world.
9. Golda Meir, Israel
Golda Meir (born Golda Mabovitch, Golda Meyerson/Myerson between 1917-1956; May 3, 1898 – December 8, 1978) was an Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, stateswoman as well as politician and the fourth Prime Minister of Israel.
Israel’s first and the world’s third woman to hold such an office, people described her as the “Iron Lady” of Israeli politics years before the epithet became associated with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
10. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born 29 October 1938) is the 24th and current President of Liberia, in office since 2006. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup d’état, after which she left Liberia and held senior positions at various financial institutions. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf placed second in the 1997 presidential election won by Charles Taylor. Besides that, she won the 2005 presidential election and took office on 16 January 2006. In addition, she was a successful candidate for re-election in 2011. Sirleaf is the first elected female head of state in Africa.