In the male dominant world women have not ceased to prove themselves with equal footing with the opposite gender. The modern world is witnessing a lot of women handling some of the leading offices and companies in the world. Handful of them has even gone up to become the State’s head or to play a vital role in the world of politics. Even Hillary Clinton has once said that true democracy cannot be attained unless women’s voice is heard. Let us quickly go through the list given below to know the top ten most powerful women in the world of politics.
Top 10 Most Powerful Female Politicians 2012
- Angela Merkel
- Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
- Dilma Rousseff
- Julia Gillard
- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
- Sheik Hasina Wajed
- Johanna Sigurdardottir
- Laura Chinchilla
- Tarja Halonen
- Dalia Grybauskaite
Top 10 Most Powerful Women Politicians 2012
1. Angela Merkel
Angela Dorothea Merkel is a German Chancellor and the Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Born on 17 July 1954, Angela pursued doctorate degree in Physics before joining politics. Childless and twice married she won a seat in the Bundestag during the first post-reunification general election, in December 1990 and the very next year she was appointed as the Cabinet minister by Chancellor Helmut Kohl. A vital role player in the management of European financial crisis at international level, the chancellor is the most powerful women in the world of politics.
2. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
Born as Cristina Elisabet Fernández de Kirchner on 19 February 1953, Christina is the 55th and current President of Argentina and is the first female from the nation to hold this post. A fashion icon for women and a notable advocate for human rights, poverty awareness and health improvement she is the most outspoken promoter of Argentina’s claim to sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.
3. Dilma Rousseff
The 36th and the present Brazilian president was born on 14 December 1947 and was raised in in an upper middle class household in Belo Horizonte. She was a socialist since her childhood and had also joined various left-wing and Marxist urban guerrilla groups to fight against the military dictatorship. An economist by education, Dilma is one of the most authoritative women politicians who once said “I would like parents who have daughters to look straight in their eyes and tell them: ‘Yes, a woman can,’”.
4. Julia Gillard
The first woman Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Eileen Gillard was born in Wales in 1961but later migrated to Australia in 1966 with her family. Previous to her existing post she was also the minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Though she respects all religion she herself does not believe in any.
5. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Served as Liberia’s Minister of Finance in the late 1970s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th President of Liberia. Educated at the University of Wisconsin and at Harvard she was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. Dedicating her life for the non violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s right Ellen has been regarded one among the most powerful women politician.
6. Sheik Hasina Wajed
The 62-year-old leader of the left-of-center Awami League, Sheik Hasina Wajed was elected the Prime Minister of Bangladesh twice – once in 1996 and then again in 2009. The lady is still going strong and politically active despite losing 17 members of her family including her son in an assassination. Hasina is also a member of the Council of Women World Leaders whose aim is to mobilize women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women’s development.
7. Johanna Sigurdardottir
A former flight attendant, Johanna Sigurdardottir has entered politics 1978 and since then has won eight consecutive elections. The present Prime Minister of Iceland, she was also Iceland’s Minister of Social Affairs and Social Security. The 69 year old has not only earned a named for being one of the most authoritative women politicians but also is the world’s first openly gay head of state.
8. Laura Chinchilla
Born on 28 March 1959, Laura Chinchilla Miranda is the present President of Costa Rica. A former Vice President, she was also the Public Security Minister and Justice Minister in the National Liberation Party. Environmental protection and sustainability is very essential for the Lady, and she continues Costa Rica’s level of management in these sectors.
9. Tarja Halonen
Tarja Kaarina Halonen is the 11th President of Finland, serving from 2000 to 2012. Apart from politics, she also had a long and extensive career in trade unions and in various nongovernmental organisations. A law graduate from the University of Helsinki, she was active in student politics as well as served as the Social Affairs Secretary and Organization Secretary of the National Union of Students from 1969 to 1970. Tarja was also a lawyer in the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions thus proving herself as one among the most powerful women politicians.
10. Dalia Grybauskaite
The list of top ten most authoritative women politicians cannot be concluded without naming the current President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite. Earlier she was the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Finance Minister, and European Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget. Dalia might have worked part time to earn her Ph.D. in Economics but now she is the most influential lady in the nation and is referred to as the “Iron Lady”.