Ladies First: Female Heads of State

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  • Pratibha Patil
  • 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

Chandrika Kumaratunga — Sri Lanka

Chandrika Kumaratunga was Sri Lanka’s first and only female president. Her ascent into the office was in step with her family’s political legacy; both of her parents formerly served as prime minister of Sri Lanka and her mother was the country’s first female prime minister. Kumaratunga’s presidency lasted over a decade.

(Photo: Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi /Landov, REUTERS)

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