Ladies First: Female Heads of State

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  • Park Geun-Hye
  • Yingluck Shinawatra
  • Dilma Rousseff
  • Laura Chinchilla
  • 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

Dilma Rousseff — Brazil

Dilma Rousseff is the 36th president of Brazil and the first woman in Brazil’s history to ever hold the position. Before she took the helm as president, Rousseff was also the first woman to become chief of staff.

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