Ladies First: Female Heads of State

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  • Gloria Macapgal-Arroyo
  • Chandrika Kumaratunga
  • Corazon Aquino
  • Violeta Chamorro
  • Janet Jagan
  • Catherine Samba-Panza — Central African Republic
  • Portia Simpson-Miller
  • Joyce Banda
  •  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
  • Park Geun-Hye
  • Yingluck Shinawatra
  • Dilma Rousseff
  • Laura Chinchilla
  • Pratibha Patil

Janet Jagan — Guyana

Born to middle-class, Jewish parents in Chicago, Janet Jagan went on to become prime minister and then president of Guyana after moving to the country with her Guyanese husband at age 22 and entering into politics.

(Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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