Top 6 Influential Women in The Realm of Politics

These women are not just G.K book women, they have been the first in their fields and have established themselves as few of the most influential politicians in the world. From Prime Minister-ship to Presidency they have secured their mark in this patriarchal world with a little *pizzazz* of their own. 1. Golda Meir: Meir, a teacher and a politician, also, Israel’s fourth prime minister elected to the office on March 17, 1969. She was Israel’s first woman to hold such an office. Also known as the “Iron Lady” in Israeli politics and “best man in the government” by Ex- Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, she also held the office of Foreign Minister and Minister of Labor before her Prime Ministership. The “grey bunned grandmother of Jewish people” is the third woman to hold such an office.

2. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner: Christina is the 55th President of Argentina. She was married to the late President Néstor Kirchner. She is the first elected female president from the Argentina and the second woman to hold this office after Isabel Martínez de Perón. She’s a spokesperson for human rights, and her universal child benefits plan had been a success by boosting school attendances and by reducing poverty in the country. She is an advocate of “Argentina’s claim to sovereignty” and also the fashion guru for the Argentinian women.

3. Angela Merkel: The first female to become the Chancellor of Germany. Merkel is a politician and former research scientist from Germany, who held the office of Minister for Women and Youth (1991) and Minister for Environment(1994) and, later on, became the first female Chancellor of Germany. She won a seat in the Bundestag for Stralsund-Nordvorpommern-Rügenin the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern during the first post-reunification general election, she was then appointed as the Cabinet minister by the then Chancellor Helmut Kohl. She played a vital role during the European Financial Crisis managing it at the International level and becoming the backbone of the European Union. She was considered the world’s second most powerful person by Forbes magazine in 2012.

4. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: The current president of Liberia, she is the first female head of state in Africa. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. Recognized “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” Sirleaf dedicated her life to the non-violent struggle for women’s security and women rights. She received the Indira Gandhi Award for President of India Pranab Mukherjee on 12 September 2013. She also held the office of Minister of Finance of Liberia in the 1970s. Ellen is regarded as one of the most influential women politicians.

5. Park Geun Hye: She is the eleventh and current President of South Korea and the first female President at that. Subsequently, she is also the first woman to be the head of state in Korea and first female president of an East Asian nation. She also chaired the conservative Grand National Party (GNP). She is regarded as one of the most influential and powerful politicians.

6. Dilma Rousseff: Dilma Rousseff is the 36th and the current Brazilian president and also the first woman to hold the office. She was also the first woman who was appointed the Chief of Staff to the President of Brazil. A supporter of socialist ideologies she took part in Marxist guerrilla groups to fend off military dictatorship. She was eventually arrested and detained between 1970 and 1972. She also held the office of Minister of Energy before her Presidency.

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