TBT: Female World Leaders
(05 May 2016)

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TBT: Female World Leaders

This week 37 years ago Margaret Thatcher was sworn in as Britain’s first female prime minister!

Known as the ‘Iron Lady’, Thatcher was a chemist and lawyer and was England’s prime minister for eleven years, from 1979 to 1990.

For Throwback Thursday this morning we’re looking at some other female world leaders that have proved that whatever men can do, women can do too - and sometimes even better so!

Tuvan People’s Republic’s Khertek Anchimaa-Toka

 Khertek Amchimaa Toka Expresso

The Tuvan People’s Republic was a small independent country in Asia, before joining Russia in 1944.

Khertek Amchimaa-Toka was the head of state of the Tuvan People’s Republic in the 1940's – making her the first official female head of state of any country in the world! She passed away in 2008 at the age of 96.

Iceland’s Vigdis Finnbogadottir

 Vigdis Finnbogadottir Expresso

In 1972, Iceland’s Vigdis Finnbogadottir became the first democratically elected female president. She’s a well-know humanitarian and before becoming president she was the director of Iceland’s National Theatre.

Did you know that Vigdis is a divorcee and single mother of an adopted daughter? Power to her!

Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Expresso

When Carmen Pereira served three days as acting president of Guinea-Bissau in 1984, she became the first female head of state in Africa!

It was however Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that became the first elected female president in Africa after winning the presidential election in 2005.

Did you know that there are currently 22 female world leaders in power? Do you think South Africa is ready for its first female president? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages! 


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