Ladies First: Female Heads of State

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  • 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
  • Park Geun-Hye

Laura Chinchilla — Costa Rica

Laura Chinchilla is Costa Rica’s first and only female president and the sixth woman to be elected president of a Latin American country. Before entering politics, Chinchilla worked as a consultant, advising non-governmental organizations in Latin America and Africa on judicial reform and public security issues.

(Photo: Chip East/REUTERS)

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