Ladies First: Female Heads of State

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  • Portia Simpson-Miller
  • Joyce Banda
  •  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
  • 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

 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — Liberia

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th president of Liberia and the first elected female head of state in Africa. Sirleaf is currently serving her second term as president and in 2011 she was jointly awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her work in women’s rights.

(Photo: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters)

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