Ladies First: Female Heads of State

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  • 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
  • Gloria Macapgal-Arroyo
  • Chandrika Kumaratunga
  • Corazon Aquino
  • Violeta Chamorro
  • Janet Jagan

Joyce Banda — Malawi

Joyce Banda is the first female president of Malawi. Banda assumed the office after the death of former President Bingu wa Mutharika. (Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

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