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List of elected or appointed female heads of government

;This list should not be confused with the List of elected and appointed female heads of state

Map showing countries which since independence have had, excluding monarchs:
  Female head of government
  Female head of state[1]
  Female head of state/government (combined)
  Female head of state and female head of government
Three former sovereign states (East Germany, Tannu Tuva, and Yugoslavia) have also had a female Head of State or Head of Government

This is a list of women who have been elected or appointed as head of government of their respective countries. For female leaders of presidential systems, where there is no separate head of government, please see the List of elected and appointed female heads of state article.

List of female heads of government

  Denotes incumbent head of government
  • Italics denotes an acting head of government and states that are either de facto (with limited to no international recognition) or defunct.
Name Image Country Office Mandate start Mandate end Term length
Sirimavo Bandaranaike  Ceylon Prime Minister 21 July 1960 27 March 1965 4 years, 249 days
Indira Gandhi  India Prime Minister 24 January 1966 24 April 1977 11 years, 90 days
Golda Meir  Israel Prime Minister 17 March 1969 3 June 1974 5 years, 78 days
Sirimavo Bandaranaike  Ceylon Prime Minister 29 May 1970 22 May 1972 1 year, 359 days
Sirimavo Bandaranaike  Sri Lanka Prime Minister 22 May 1972 23 July 1977 5 years, 62 days
Elisabeth Domitien  Central African Republic Prime Minister 2 January 1975 7 April 1976 1 year, 96 days
Margaret Thatcher  United Kingdom Prime Minister 4 May 1979 28 November 1990 11 years, 208 days
Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo  Portugal Prime Minister 1 July 1979 3 January 1980 186 days
Indira Gandhi  India Prime Minister 15 January 1980 31 October 1984 4 years, 290 days
Dame Eugenia Charles  Dominica Prime Minister 21 July 1980 14 June 1995 14 years, 328 days
Gro Harlem Brundtland  Norway Prime Minister 4 February 1981 14 October 1981 252 days
Milka Planinc  Yugoslavia Prime Minister 16 May 1982 15 May 1986 3 years, 364 days
Gro Harlem Brundtland  Norway Prime Minister 9 May 1986 16 October 1989 3 years, 160 days
Benazir Bhutto  Pakistan Prime Minister 2 December 1988 6 July 1990 1 year, 216 days
Kazimira Prunskienė  Lithuania Prime Minister 17 March 1990 10 January 1991 299 days
Gro Harlem Brundtland  Norway Prime Minister 3 November 1990 25 October 1996 5 years, 357 days
Khaleda Zia  Bangladesh Prime Minister 27 February 1991 30 March 1996 5 years, 32 days
Édith Cresson  France Prime Minister 15 May 1991 2 April 1992 323 days
Hanna Suchocka  Poland Prime Minister 11 July 1992 25 October 1993 1 year, 106 days
Tansu Çiller  Turkey Prime Minister 13 June 1993 6 March 1996 2 years, 267 days
Kim Campbell  Canada Prime Minister 25 June 1993 4 November 1993 132 days
Sylvie Kinigi  Burundi Prime Minister 10 July 1993 27 October 1993 109 days
Agathe Uwilingiyimana  Rwanda Prime Minister 18 July 1993 7 April 1994 263 days
Benazir Bhutto  Pakistan Prime Minister 19 October 1993 5 November 1996 3 years, 17 days
Chandrika Kumaratunga  Sri Lanka Prime Minister 19 August 1994 14 November 1994 87 days
Reneta Indzhova  Bulgaria Acting Prime Minister 17 October 1994 25 January 1995 100 days
Sirimavo Bandaranaike  Sri Lanka Prime Minister 14 November 1994 10 July 2000 5 years, 239 days
Claudette Werleigh  Haiti Prime Minister 7 November 1995 27 February 1996 112 days
Sheikh Hasina  Bangladesh Prime Minister 12 June 1996 15 July 2001 5 years, 33 days
Janet Jagan  Guyana Prime Minister 6 March 1997 19 December 1997 288 days
Jenny Shipley  New Zealand Prime Minister 5 December 1997 5 December 1999 2 years, 0 days
Anne Enger Lahnstein  Norway Acting Prime Minister 30 August 1998 23 September 1998 24 days
Irena Degutienė  Lithuania Acting Prime Minister 4 May 1999 18 May 1999 14 days
Nyam-Osoryn Tuyaa  Mongolia Acting Prime Minister 22 July 1999 30 July 1999 8 days
Irena Degutienė  Lithuania Acting Prime Minister 27 October 1999 3 November 1999 7 days
Helen Clark  New Zealand Prime Minister 5 December 1999 19 November 2008 8 years, 350 days
Mame Madior Boye  Senegal Prime Minister 3 March 2001 4 November 2002 1 year, 246 days
Khaleda Zia  Bangladesh Prime Minister 1 October 2001 29 October 2006 5 years, 28 days
Chang Sang  South Korea Acting Prime Minister 11 July 2002 31 July 2002 20 days
Maria das Neves  São Tomé and Príncipe Prime Minister 3 October 2002 18 September 2004 1 year, 351 days
Anneli Jäätteenmäki  Finland Prime Minister 17 April 2003 24 June 2003 68 days
Beatriz Merino  Peru Prime Minister 28 June 2003 15 December 2003 170 days
Luisa Diogo  Mozambique Prime Minister 17 February 2004 16 January 2010 5 years, 333 days
Radmila Šekerinska  Macedonia Acting Prime Minister 12 May 2004 12 June 2004 31 days
Radmila Šekerinska  Macedonia Acting Prime Minister 3 November 2004 15 December 2004 42 days
Yulia Tymoshenko  Ukraine Prime Minister 24 January 2005 6 September 2005 225 days
Cynthia Pratt  Bahamas Acting Prime Minister 4 May 2005 6 June 2005 32 days
Maria do Carmo Silveira  São Tomé and Príncipe Prime Minister 8 June 2005 21 April 2006 317 days
Angela Merkel  Germany Chancellor 22 November 2005 Incumbent 10 years, 60 days
Portia Simpson-Miller  Jamaica Prime Minister 30 March 2006 11 September 2007 1 year, 165 days
Han Myeong-sook  South Korea Prime Minister 19 April 2006 7 March 2007 322 days
Yulia Tymoshenko  Ukraine Prime Minister 18 December 2007 3 March 2010 2 years, 75 days
Zinaida Greceanîi  Moldova Prime Minister 31 March 2008 14 September 2009 1 year, 167 days
Michèle Pierre-Louis  Haiti Prime Minister 5 September 2008 11 November 2009 1 year, 67 days
Sheikh Hasina  Bangladesh Prime Minister 29 December 2008 Incumbent 7 years, 23 days
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir  Iceland Prime Minister 1 February 2009 23 May 2013 4 years, 111 days
Jadranka Kosor  Croatia Prime Minister 6 July 2009 23 December 2011 2 years, 170 days
Cécile Manorohanta  Madagascar Acting Prime Minister 18 December 2009 20 December 2009 2 days
Kamla Persad-Bissessar  Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister 26 May 2010 9 September 2015 5 years, 106 days
Mari Kiviniemi  Finland Prime Minister 22 June 2010 22 June 2011 1 year, 0 days
Julia Gillard  Australia Prime Minister 24 June 2010 27 June 2013 3 years, 3 days
Iveta Radičová  Slovakia Prime Minister 8 July 2010 4 April 2012 1 year, 271 days
Rosario Fernández  Peru Prime Minister 19 March 2011 28 July 2011 131 days
Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé  Mali Prime Minister 3 April 2011 22 March 2012 354 days
Yingluck Shinawatra  Thailand Prime Minister 3 July 2011 7 May 2014 2 years, 308 days
Helle Thorning-Schmidt  Denmark Prime Minister 3 October 2011 28 June 2015 3 years, 268 days
Portia Simpson-Miller  Jamaica Prime Minister 5 January 2012 Incumbent 4 years, 16 days
Adiato Djaló Nandigna  Guinea-Bissau Acting Prime Minister 10 February 2012 12 April 2012 62 days
Alenka Bratušek  Slovenia Prime Minister 20 March 2013 18 September 2014 1 year, 182 days
Sibel Siber  Northern Cyprus Prime Minister 13 June 2013 2 September 2013 81 days
Tatiana Turanskaya  Transnistria Prime Minister 10 July 2013 Incumbent 2 years, 195 days
Aminata Touré  Senegal Prime Minister 1 September 2013 8 July 2014 310 days
Erna Solberg  Norway Prime Minister 16 October 2013 Incumbent 2 years, 97 days
Laimdota Straujuma  Latvia Prime Minister 22 January 2014 Incumbent 1 year, 363 days
Ana Jara  Peru Prime Minister 22 July 2014 2 April 2015 254 days
Ewa Kopacz  Poland Prime Minister 22 September 2014 Incumbent 1 year, 121 days
Florence Duperval Guillaume  Haiti Acting Prime Minister 20 December 2014 16 January 2015 27 days
Saara Kuugongelwa  Namibia Prime Minister 21 March 2015 Incumbent 306 days
Natalia Gherman  Moldova Acting Prime Minister 22 June 2015 30 July 2015 38 days
Vassiliki Thanou  Greece Acting Prime Minister 27 August 2015 21 September 2015 25 days
Beata Szydło  Poland Prime Minister-designate November 2015 Designate

See also

References

  1. ^ Including female representatives of heads of state, such as Governors-General and French Representatives of Andorra

External links

  • Council of Women World Leaders
  • Women Prime Ministers (Zárate's Political Collections)
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