In my previous blog post I quoted from the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission’s recent report bemoaning the lack of women in leading positions, including in politics.
It motivated me to research just how many of today’s presidents and national leaders were female.
The list, I am reasonably sure, is 20-strong. Mary McAleese, who has served as president of Ireland since November 1997, is the veteran in terms of tenure, while half the list have been in their posts for less than 18 months. The latest addition is Yingluck Shinawatra – younger sister of deposed Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra – who was appointed as prime minister of Thailand not even a month ago.
The list (ordered by date of appointment):
- President Mary McAleese (Ireland)
- President Tarja Halonen (Finland)
- Chancellor Angela Merkel (Germany)
- President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (Liberia)
- President Pratibha Patil (India)
- President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (Argentina)
- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed (Bangladesh)
- Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir (Iceland)
- Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor (Croatia)
- President Dalia Grybauskaite (Lithuania)
- President Roza Otunbayeva (Kyrgyzstan)
- President Laura Chinchilla (Costa Rica)
- Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar (Trinidad and Tobago)
- Prime Minister Julia Gillard (Australia)
- Prime Minister Iveta Radicová (Slovakia)
- President Dilma Rousseff (Brazil)
- President Micheline Calmy-Rey (Switzerland)
- Prime Minister Rosario Fernández (Peru)
- President Atifete Jahjaga (Kosovo)
- Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (Thailand)
With presidential elections coming up next year in both the US and France, what are the chances of the two poster girls of the right – Marine Le Pen of France’s Front National, and Michele Bachmann, queen of the Tea Party – joining this list?
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I am not much of a betting woman, but the leadership vacuum at the top of London’s Metropolitan Police has created something of a frenzy of interest at the country’s bookmakers.
The two top jobs at Scotland Yard are up for grabs, as Sir Paul Stephenson, commissioner, and John Yates, assistant commissioner, have fallen on their swords in the phone-hacking scandal. Two of Britain’s most senior policewomen are in the running; were either of them to be successful, it would be a first for the Met. (more…)
A new report by Northwestern University, Chicago, shows that both men and women still see women as being less qualified or less “natural” in leadership roles. (more…)
A new course on leadership at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, will give more than a dozen of its female MBA students a taste of what it feels like to be at the top – the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, that is. (more…)
A self-confessed list junkie, I was immediately drawn to Gideon Rachman’s piece in yesterday’s FT in which he asks: “Where have all the great thinkers gone?” Citing Foreign Policy magazine’s List of the Top 100 Global Thinkers, Rachman contrasts the list, heavily biased towards US politicians, with those one might draw up for 1861 or 1939 – and finds the class of 2011 wanting. (more…)