List of elected or appointed female heads of government

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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[edit]

  Denotes incumbent head of government
  • Italics denotes acting head of government
Name Image Country Office Mandate start Mandate end Term length
Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranayaka (1916-2000) (Hon.Sirimavo Bandaranaike with Hon.Lalith Athulathmudali Crop).jpg  Ceylon Prime Minister 21 July 1960 27 March 1965 4 years, 249 days
Indira Gandhi Indira2.jpg  India Prime Minister 24 January 1966 24 April 1977 11 years, 90 days
Golda Meir Golda Meir 03265u.jpg  Israel Prime Minister 17 March 1969 3 June 1974 5 years, 78 days
Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranayaka (1916-2000) (Hon.Sirimavo Bandaranaike with Hon.Lalith Athulathmudali Crop).jpg  Ceylon Prime Minister 29 May 1970 23 September 1977 7 years, 55 days
Elisabeth Domitien No image.svg  Central African Republic Prime Minister 2 January 1975 7 April 1976 1 year, 96 days
Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher.png  United Kingdom Prime Minister 4 May 1979 28 November 1990 11 years, 208 days
Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo.jpg  Portugal Prime Minister 1 July 1979 3 January 1980 0 years, 186 days
Indira Gandhi Indira2.jpg  India Prime Minister 15 January 1980 31 October 1984 4 years, 290 days
Dame Eugenia Charles Eugenia Charles.jpg  Dominica Prime Minister 21 July 1980 14 June 1995 14 years, 328 days
Gro Harlem Brundtland Gro Harlem Brundtland1 2007 04 20.jpg  Norway Prime Minister 4 February 1981 14 October 1981 0 years, 252 days
Milka Planinc No image.svg  Yugoslavia Chairman of the Federal Executive Council 16 May 1982 15 May 1986 3 years, 364 days
Gro Harlem Brundtland Gro Harlem Brundtland1 2007 04 20.jpg  Norway Prime Minister 9 May 1986 16 October 1989 3 years, 160 days
Benazir Bhutto Benazir Bhutto.jpg  Pakistan Prime Minister 2 December 1988 6 July 1990 1 year, 216 days
Kazimira Prunskienė Kazimiera Prunskiene.2008-05-23.jpg  Lithuania Prime Minister 11 March 1990 10 January 1991 0 years, 305 days
Gro Harlem Brundtland Gro Harlem Brundtland1 2007 04 20.jpg  Norway Prime Minister 3 November 1990 25 October 1996 5 years, 357 days
Khaleda Zia Khaleda Zia.jpg  Bangladesh Prime Minister 27 February 1991 30 March 1996 5 years, 32 days
Édith Cresson Edith Cresson2.png  France Prime Minister 15 May 1991 2 April 1992 0 years, 323 days
Hanna Suchocka Hanna Suchocka.jpg  Poland President of the Council of Ministers 11 July 1992 25 October 1993 1 year, 106 days
Tansu Çiller No image.svg  Turkey Prime Minister 13 June 1993 6 March 1996 2 years, 267 days
Kim Campbell KimCampbell.jpg  Canada Prime Minister 25 June 1993 4 November 1993 0 years, 132 days
Sylvie Kinigi No image.svg  Burundi Prime Minister 10 July 1993 27 October 1993 0 years, 109 days
Agathe Uwilingiyimana No image.svg  Rwanda Prime Minister 18 July 1993 7 April 1994 0 years, 263 days
Benazir Bhutto Benazir Bhutto.jpg  Pakistan Prime Minister 19 October 1993 5 November 1996 3 years, 17 days
Reneta Indzhova No image.svg  Bulgaria Acting Prime Minister 17 October 1994 25 January 1995 0 years, 100 days
Chandrika Kumaratunga Chandrika Kumaratunga.jpg  Sri Lanka Prime Minister 19 August 1994 14 November 1994 0 years, 87 days
Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranayaka (1916-2000) (Hon.Sirimavo Bandaranaike with Hon.Lalith Athulathmudali Crop).jpg  Sri Lanka Prime Minister 14 November 1994 10 July 2000 5 years, 239 days
Claudette Werleigh No image.svg  Haiti Prime Minister 7 November 1995 27 February 1996 0 years, 112 days
Sheikh Hasina Sheikh Hasina - 2009.jpg  Bangladesh Prime Minister 12 June 1996 15 July 2001 5 years, 33 days
Janet Jagan Janet Jagan.png  Guyana Prime Minister 6 March 1997 19 December 1997 0 years, 288 days
Jenny Shipley Clinton Shipley walk.jpg  New Zealand Prime Minister 5 December 1997 5 December 1999 2 years, 0 days
Anne Enger Lahnstein No image.svg  Norway Acting Prime Minister 30 August 1998 23 September 1998 0 years, 24 days
Irena Degutienė DegutieneIrena.JPG  Lithuania Acting Prime Minister 4 May 1999 18 May 1999 0 years, 14 days
Nyam-Osoryn Tuyaa No image.svg  Mongolia Acting Prime Minister 22 July 1999 30 July 1999 0 years, 8 days
Irena Degutienė DegutieneIrena.JPG  Lithuania Acting Prime Minister 27 October 1999 3 November 1999 0 years, 7 days
Helen Clark Helen Clark 2.jpg  New Zealand Prime Minister 5 December 1999 19 November 2008 8 years, 350 days
Mame Madior Boye No image.svg  Senegal Prime Minister 3 March 2001 4 November 2002 1 year, 246 days
Khaleda Zia Khaleda Zia.jpg  Bangladesh Prime Minister 1 October 2001 29 October 2006 5 years, 28 days
Chang Sang No image.svg  South Korea Acting Prime Minister 11 July 2002 31 July 2002 0 years, 20 days
Maria das Neves No image.svg  São Tomé and Príncipe Prime Minister 3 October 2002 18 September 2004 1 year, 351 days
Anneli Jäätteenmäki Anneli Jäätteenmäki.jpg  Finland Prime Minister 17 April 2003 24 June 2003 0 years, 68 days
Beatriz Merino No image.svg  Peru President of the Council of Ministers 28 June 2003 15 December 2003 0 years, 170 days
Luisa Diogo Luisa Diogo, World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009 1.jpg  Mozambique Prime Minister 17 February 2004 16 January 2010 5 years, 333 days
Radmila Šekerinska Radmila-Sekerinska-conference.jpg  Macedonia Acting Prime Minister 12 May 2004 12 June 2004 0 years, 31 days
Radmila Šekerinska Radmila-Sekerinska-conference.jpg  Macedonia Acting Prime Minister 3 November 2004 15 December 2004 0 years, 42 days
Yulia Tymoshenko Yulia Tymoshenko, 2010.JPG  Ukraine Prime Minister 24 January 2005 6 September 2005 0 years, 225 days
Cynthia Pratt No image.svg  Bahamas Acting Prime Minister 4 May 2005 6 June 2005 0 years, 32 days
Maria do Carmo Silveira No image.svg  São Tomé and Príncipe Prime Minister 8 June 2005 21 April 2006 0 years, 317 days
Angela Merkel Angela Merkel (2008) (cropped).jpg  Germany Chancellor 22 November 2005 Incumbent 8 years, 152 days
Portia Simpson-Miller Portia Simpson-Miller.jpg  Jamaica Prime Minister 30 March 2006 11 September 2007 1 year, 165 days
Han Myeong-sook Han Myeong Sook 2006.png  South Korea Prime Minister 19 April 2006 7 March 2007 0 years, 322 days
Yulia Tymoshenko Yulia Tymoshenko, 2010.JPG  Ukraine Prime Minister 18 December 2007 3 March 2010 2 years, 75 days
Zinaida Greceanîi Zinaida Greceanîi.jpg  Moldova Prime Minister 31 March 2008 14 September 2009 1 year, 167 days
Michèle Pierre-Louis Michèle Pierre-Louis-2009 (2).jpg  Haiti Prime Minister 5 September 2008 11 November 2009 1 year, 67 days
Sheikh Hasina Sheikh Hasina - 2009.jpg  Bangladesh Prime Minister 6 January 2009 Incumbent 5 years, 115 days
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir Johanna sigurdardottir official portrait.jpg  Iceland Prime Minister 1 February 2009 23 May 2013 4 years, 111 days
Jadranka Kosor Jadranka Kosor at the EPP Summit March 2011.jpg  Croatia Prime Minister 6 July 2009 23 December 2011 2 years, 170 days
Cécile Manorohanta No image.svg  Madagascar Acting Prime Minister 18 December 2009 20 December 2009 0 years, 2 days
Kamla Persad-Bissessar Kamla Persad-Bissessar - World Economic Forum on Latin America 2011.jpg  Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister 26 May 2010 Incumbent 3 years, 332 days
Mari Kiviniemi Mari Kiviniemi.20100612.Lahti.Finland.paloneva.JPG  Finland Prime Minister 22 June 2010 22 June 2011 1 year, 0 days
Julia Gillard Julia Gillard 2010.jpg  Australia Prime Minister 24 June 2010 27 June 2013 3 years, 3 days
Iveta Radičová Iveta Radičová 1.jpg  Slovakia Prime Minister 8 July 2010 4 April 2012 1 year, 271 days
Rosario Fernández ROSARIO FERNANDEZ02.jpg  Peru President of the Council of Ministers 19 March 2011 28 July 2011 0 years, 131 days
Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé No image.svg  Mali Prime Minister 3 April 2011 22 March 2012 0 years, 354 days
Yingluck Shinawatra Yingluck Shinawatra at US Embassy, Bangkok, July 2011.jpg  Thailand Prime Minister 5 August 2011 Incumbent 2 years, 261 days
Helle Thorning-Schmidt Helle-Thorning-Schmidt.jpg  Denmark Prime Minister 3 October 2011 Incumbent 2 years, 202 days
Portia Simpson-Miller Portia Simpson-Miller.jpg  Jamaica Prime Minister 5 January 2012 Incumbent 2 years, 108 days
Adiato Djaló Nandigna No image.svg  Guinea-Bissau Acting Prime Minister 10 February 2012 12 April 2012 0 years, 62 days
Alenka Bratušek Alenka Bratušek 2013.jpg  Slovenia Prime Minister 20 March 2013 Incumbent 1 year, 34 days
Sibel Siber No image.svg  Northern Cyprus Prime Minister 13 June 2013 2 September 2013 0 years, 81 days
Tatiana Turanskaya Туранская.jpg  Transnistria Prime Minister 20 June 2013 Incumbent 0 years, 307 days
Aminata Touré No image.svg  Senegal Prime Minister 1 September 2013 Incumbent 0 years, 234 days
Erna Solberg Erna Solberg, Wesenberg, 2011 (1).jpg  Norway Prime Minister 16 October 2013 Incumbent 0 years, 189 days
Laimdota Straujuma Laimdota Straujuma 2014.jpg  Latvia Prime Minister 22 January 2014 Incumbent 0 years, 90 days

Notes[edit]

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

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