List of female dependent territory leaders

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This is a list of women who had been appointed as leaders of dependent territories. This list also separates between the dependent territory leaders and the autonomous area leaders. Some women were also appointed for the office of head of government in their respective territories. The list will be separated between the head of territory and head of government.

Dependent territories[edit]

  Denotes incumbent head of territory/government
  • Italics denotes an acting head of territories and territories that are defunct.

Heads of territory[edit]

Name Image Territory Office Mandate start Mandate end Term length
Margaret Reynolds No image.svg  Ashmore and Cartier Islands Administrator 18 September 1987 4 April 1990 2 years, 198 days
 Coral Sea Islands
Wendy Fatin No image.svg  Ashmore and Cartier Islands Administrator 4 April 1990 27 December 1991 1 year, 267 days
 Coral Sea Islands
Dame Catherine Tizard Governor-General Catherine Tizard.jpg  Ross Dependency Governor-General 13 December 1990 21 March 1996 5 years, 99 days
Sila María Calderón Puerto Rican Governor Sila Calderon at the Pentagon, Feb 27, 2001.jpg  Puerto Rico Governor 2 January 2001 2 January 2005 4 years, 0 days
Dame Sian Elias No image.svg  Ross Dependency Acting Governor-General 22 March 2001 4 April 2001 13 days
Dame Silvia Cartwright Governor-General Silvia Cartwright.jpg  Ross Dependency Governor-General 4 April 2001 4 August 2006 5 years, 122 days
Cynthia Astwood No image.svg  Turks and Caicos Islands Acting Governor 26 November 2002 16 December 2002 20 days
Deborah Barnes Jones No image.svg  Montserrat Governor 10 May 2004 6 July 2007 3 years, 57 days
Mahala Wynns No image.svg  Turks and Caicos Islands Acting Governor 21 June 2005 11 July 2005 20 days
Anne Boquet No image.svg  French Polynesia President 10 September 2005 29 June 2008 2 years, 293 days
Harriet Hall Harriet Hall Alaska Cruise.jpg  South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Acting Commissioner 2006 2006 ?
Kjerstin Ashkolt No image.svg Norway Bouvet Island Administrator 2006 2 October 2015 9 years, 274 days
Norway Peter I Island
Norway Queen Maud Land
Dancia Penn Dancia Penn 2007.jpg  British Virgin Islands Acting Governor 10 April 2006 18 April 2006 8 days
Dame Sian Elias No image.svg  Ross Dependency Acting Governor-General 4 August 2006 23 August 2006 19 days
Michèle Alliot-Marie Michèle Alliot-Marie - Université d'été du MEDEF 2009.jpg  Clipperton Island Administrator 19 June 2007 23 June 2009 2 years, 4 days
Lesley Pallet No image.svg  Gibraltar Acting Governor 21 October 2009 26 October 2009 5 days
Marie-Luce Penchard Marie-Luce Penchard.jpg  Clipperton Island Administrator 6 November 2009 10 May 2012 2 years, 186 days
Victoria Treadell Vickitreadell.jpg  Pitcairn Islands Governor 29 May 2010 25 August 2014 4 years, 88 days
V. Inez Archibald No image.svg  British Virgin Islands Acting Governor 7 August 2010 20 August 2010 13 days
Sarita Francis No image.svg  Montserrat Acting Governor 3 March 2011 8 April 2011 36 days
Dame Sian Elias No image.svg  Ross Dependency Acting Governor-General 23 August 2011 31 August 2011 8 days
Lydia Emerencia No image.svg  Bonaire Lieutenant Governor 1 March 2012 1 March 2014 2 years, 0 days
Adèle van der Pluijm-Vrede Adèle van der Pluijm-Vrede-crop.jpg  Curaçao Acting Governor 24 November 2012 4 November 2013 345 days
Catherine King Catherine King MP Original.jpg  Ashmore and Cartier Islands Administrator 1 July 2013 18 September 2013 79 days
 Coral Sea Islands
Christina Scott Christina Scott.jpg  Anguilla Governor 23 July 2013 17 August 2017 4 years, 25 days
Anya Williams No image.svg  Turks and Caicos Islands Acting Governor 15 September 2013 4 October 2013 19 days
Helen Kilpatrick Helen Kilpatrick.jpg  Cayman Islands Governor 6 September 2013 5 March 2018 4 years, 180 days
Lucille George-Wout Lucille George-Wout-crop.jpg  Curaçao Governor 4 November 2013 Incumbent 5 years, 166 days
Alison MacMillan Alisonmacmillan1.jpg  Gibraltar Acting Governor 13 November 2013 6 December 2013 23 days
George Pau-Langevin George Pau-Langevin - Février 2013 (2).jpg  Clipperton Island Administrator 2 April 2014 30 August 2016 2 years, 150 days
Esther Kia'aina Esther Kia'aina.jpg United States Wake Island Administrator 11 July 2014 20 January 2017 2 years, 193 days
V. Inez Archibald No image.svg  British Virgin Islands Acting Governor 1 August 2014 15 August 2014 14 days
Cécile Pozzo di Borgo No image.svg  French Southern and Antarctic Lands Administrator-Superior 7 October 2014 30 October 2018 4 years, 23 days
Anne Laubies No image.svg  Saint Barthélemy Prefect Delegated 8 June 2015 9 July 2018 3 years, 31 days
 Saint-Martin
Elizabeth Carriere Elizabeth Carriere OBE.jpg  Montserrat Governor 5 August 2015 2 January 2018 2 years, 150 days
Alison MacMillan Alisonmacmillan1.jpg  Gibraltar Acting Governor 28 September 2015 19 January 2016 113 days
Linda Te Puni No image.svg  Tokelau Acting Administrator 1 March 2016 1 March 2017 1 year, 0 days
Lisa Phillips No image.svg  Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Governor 25 April 2016 Incumbent 2 years, 359 days
Fiona Nash Fiona Nash Portrait 2010.jpg  Ashmore and Cartier Islands Administrator 19 July 2016 27 October 2017 1 year, 100 days
 Coral Sea Islands
Ginny Ferson No image.svg  Bermuda Acting Governor 2 August 2016 5 December 2016 125 days
Ericka Bareigts No image.svg  Clipperton Island Administrator 30 August 2016 10 May 2017 253 days
Dame Patsy Reddy Patsy Reddy official portrait (cropped).jpg  Ross Dependency Governor-General 28 September 2016 Incumbent 2 years, 203 days
Annick Girardin Annick Girardin.jpg  Clipperton Island Administrator 17 May 2017 Incumbent 1 year, 337 days
Natasha Griggs Natasha Griggs Portrait 2014.png  Christmas Island Administrator 5 October 2017 Incumbent 1 year, 196 days
 Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Lyndell Simpson No image.svg  Montserrat Acting Governor 2 January 2018 1 February 2018 30 days
Laura Clarke No image.svg  Pitcairn Islands Governor 23 January 2018 Incumbent 1 year, 86 days
Sylvie Danielo-Feucher No image.svg  Saint Barthélemy Prefect Delegated 9 July 2018 Incumbent 284 days
 Saint-Martin
Bridget McKenzie Bridget McKenzie 2014-01.jpg  Ashmore and Cartier Islands Administrator 27 August 2018 Incumbent 235 days
 Coral Sea Islands
Evelyn Decorps No image.svg  French Southern and Antarctic Lands Administrator-Superior 30 October 2018 Incumbent 171 days
Margaret Everson No image.svg United States Baker Island Administrator 12 November 2018 Incumbent 158 days
United States Howland Island
United States Jarvis Island
United States Johnston Atoll
United States Kingman Reef
United States Midway Atoll
United States Navassa Island
United States Palmyra Atoll
Lou Leon Guerrero Lou Leon Guerrero in 2018.jpeg  Guam Governor 7 January 2098 Incumbent 102 days

Heads of government[edit]

Name Image Territory Office Mandate start Mandate end Term length
Lucina Elena da Costa Gomez-Matheeuws No image.svg  Netherlands Antilles Prime Minister 1977 1977 ?
Maria Liberia Peters Maria Liberia Peters (1988).jpg  Netherlands Antilles Prime Minister 18 September 1984 1 January 1986 1 year, 105 days
Stella Sigcau No image.svg  Transkei Prime Minister 5 October 1987 30 December 1987 86 days
Maria Liberia Peters Maria Liberia Peters (1988).jpg  Netherlands Antilles Prime Minister 17 May 1988 25 November 1993 5 years, 192 days
Lillian Oh No image.svg  Christmas Island President of the Shire 1 July 1992 1995 2 years, 184 days
Suzanne Camelia-Römer No image.svg  Netherlands Antilles Prime Minister 25 November 1993 28 December 1993 33 days
Pamela F. Gordon No image.svg  Bermuda Premier 27 March 1997 10 November 1998 1 year, 228 days
Suzanne Camelia-Römer No image.svg  Netherlands Antilles Prime Minister 14 May 1998 8 November 1999 1 year, 178 days
Jennifer M. Smith No image.svg  Bermuda Premier 10 November 1998 29 July 2003 4 years, 261 days
Mirna Louisa-Godett No image.svg  Netherlands Antilles Prime Minister 11 August 2003 3 June 2004 297 days
Marie-Noëlle Thémereau No image.svg  New Caledonia President of the Government 10 June 2004 7 August 2007 3 years, 58 days
Brenda Christian No image.svg  Pitcairn Islands Acting Mayor 8 November 2004 15 December 2004 37 days
Jane Rumble Jane Rumble.jpg  British Antarctic Territory Administrator 2006 2008 2 years, 0 days
Emily de Jongh-Elhage Curaminister.jpg  Netherlands Antilles Prime Minister 26 March 2006 10 October 2010 4 years, 198 days
Joanne Yeadon No image.svg  British Indian Ocean Territory Administrator 2007 2011 4 years, 0 days
Marthe Ogoundélé-Tessi No image.svg  Saint Martin Acting President of the Territorial Council 25 July 2008 8 August 2008 14 days
Doreen Quelch-Missick No image.svg  Turks and Caicos Islands Member of the Advisory Council 14 August 2009 13 November 2012 3 years, 87 days
Edith Cox No image.svg  Turks and Caicos Islands Member of the Advisory Council 18 August 2009 13 November 2012 3 years, 87 days
Sarah Wescot-Williams No image.svg  Sint Maarten Prime Minister 10 October 2010 19 December 2014 4 years, 70 days
Paula Cox Paula Cox 2010 (cropped).jpg  Bermuda Premier 29 October 2010 18 December 2012 2 years, 69 days
Juliana O'Connor-Connolly No image.svg  Cayman Islands Premier 19 December 2012 29 May 2013 161 days
Nivaleta Iloai No image.svg  Wallis and Futuna President of the Territorial Assembly 1 April 2013 11 December 2013 254 days
Aline Hanson No image.svg  Saint Martin President of the Territorial Council 17 April 2013 2 April 2017 3 years, 350 days
Cynthia Ligeard New Caledonia President Cynthia Liegard, Julie Bishop and Anthony Lecren (cropped).PNG  New Caledonia President of the Government 5 June 2014 1 April 2015 300 days
Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson.jpg  Turks and Caicos Islands Premier 20 December 2016 Incumbent 2 years, 120 days
Seri Wati Iku No image.svg  Cocos (Keeling) Islands President of the Shire Council 25 October 2017 Incumbent 1 year, 176 days
Evelyn Wever-Croes 180531 Wever-Croes Aruba bij Blok (28597045908) (cropped).jpg  Aruba Prime Minister 17 November 2017 Incumbent 1 year, 153 days
Leona Marlin-Romeo Leona Marlin-Romeo.jpg  Sint Maarten Prime Minister 15 January 2018 Incumbent 1 year, 94 days

Autonomous, insular, regions, etc.[edit]

  Denotes incumbent head of region/government
  • Italics denotes an acting head of region/government

Heads of region[edit]

Name Image Region Office Mandate start Mandate end Term length
María Antonia Martínez No image.svg  Murcia President 2 May 1993 3 July 1995 2 years, 62 days
Ann-Kristin Olsen No image.svg Norway Svalbard Governor 1995 1998 3 years, 0 days
Åshild Hauan No image.svg Norway Jan Mayen Administrator 1 January 1995 1 October 2007 12 years, 273 days
Vibeke Larsen No image.svg  Faroe Islands High Commissioner 1996 1 November 2001 6 years, 304 days
Biljana Plavšić Biljana Plavsic.JPG  Republika Srpska President 19 July 1996 4 November 1998 2 years, 108 days
Mo Mowlam No image.svg  Northern Ireland Secretary of State 3 May 1997 11 October 1999 2 years, 161 days
Helen Liddell No image.svg  Scotland Secretary of State 25 January 2001 13 June 2003 2 years, 139 days
Birgit Kleis No image.svg  Faroe Islands High Commissioner 1 November 2001 1 August 2005 3 years, 273 days
Esperanza Aguirre Esperanza Aguirre 2015c (cropped).jpg  Madrid President 17 October 2003 17 September 2012 8 years, 336 days
Dora Bakoyannis Dora Bakoyannis cropped.jpg  Mount Athos Head of State 15 February 2006 6 October 2009 3 years, 233 days
Melania Carolina Hotu Hey Carolina Hotu Hey, gobernadora de la provincia Isla de Pascua.png  Easter Island Governor 11 March 2006 18 March 2010 4 years, 7 days
Borjana Krišto No image.svg  Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina President 22 February 2007 17 March 2011 4 years, 23 days
Hill-Marta Solberg Solberg.jpg Norway Jan Mayen Administrator 1 November 2009 Incumbent 11 years, 210 days
Cheryl Gillan Cheryl Gllian Official.jpg  Wales Secretary of State 11 May 2010 4 September 2012 2 years, 116 days
Carmen Cardinali Paoa No image.svg  Easter Island Governor 8 September 2010 11 March 2014 3 years, 184 days
Mikaela Engell No image.svg  Greenland High Commissioner 1 April 2011 Incumbent 8 years, 18 days
María Dolores de Cospedal María Dolores de Cospedal 2015d (cropped).jpg  Castile-La Mancha President 22 June 2011 1 July 2015 4 years, 9 days
Yolanda Barcina Yolanda Barcina.png  Navarre President 23 June 2011 20 July 2015 4 years, 27 days
Luisa Fernanda Rudi Ubeda Luisa Fernanda Rudi 2015 (cropped).jpg  Aragon President 13 July 2011 3 July 2015 3 years, 355 days
Paula Sánchez de León No image.svg  Valencian Community Acting President 20 July 2011 28 July 2011 8 days
Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Official.jpg  Northern Ireland Secretary of State 4 September 2012 14 July 2016 3 years, 314 days
Marcelle Pierrot No image.svg  Guadeloupe Prefect 23 January 2013 21 December 2014 1 year, 332 days
Susana Díaz 30.12.28 Mensaje Fin de Año 4 (cropped2).jpg  Andalusia President 7 September 2013 18 January 2019 5 years, 133 days
Marta Hotus Tuki No image.svg  Easter Island Governor 11 March 2014 9 September 2015 1 year, 182 days
Irina Vlah Irina Vlah (2015-03-23).png  Gagauzia Governor 23 March 2015 Incumbent 4 years, 27 days
Cristina Cifuentes Cristina Cifuentes 2015k (cropped).jpg  Madrid President 24 June 2015 25 April 2018 2 years, 305 days
Francina Armengol Francina Armengol.jpg  Balearic Islands President 30 June 2015 Incumbent 3 years, 293 days
Uxue Barkos (Uxue Barkos) Inauguración de la Clínica de la Universidad de Navarra en Madrid (39109449055) (cropped).jpg  Navarre President 20 July 2015 Incumbent 3 years, 273 days
Melania Carolina Hotu Hey Carolina Hotu Hey, gobernadora de la provincia Isla de Pascua.png  Easter Island Governor 9 September 2015 11 March 2018 2 years, 183 days
Kjerstin Askholt No image.svg Norway Svalbard Governor 1 October 2015 Incumbent 3 years, 200 days
Sonja Stewart No image.svg  Lord Howe Island Chairman of the Lord Howe Island Board March 2016 Incumbent 3 years, 49 days
María Dolores Pagán No image.svg  Murcia Acting President 4 April 2017 3 May 2017 29 days
Lene Moyell Johnson No image.svg  Faroe Islands High Commissioner 15 May 2017 Incumbent 1 year, 339 days
Carrie Lam 香港特首籲港民尊國歌 勿以身試法 (cropped).jpg  Hong Kong Chief Executive 1 July 2017 Incumbent 1 year, 292 days
Marjorie Morton No image.svg  Nevis Deputy Governor-General 1 September 2017 Incumbent 1 year, 230 days
Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría Sorayasaezsantamaria.jpg  Catalonia Head of Government 27 October 2017 1 June 2018 217 days
Karen Bradley Karen Bradley MP 2015.jpg  Northern Ireland Secretary of State 8 January 2018 Incumbent 1 year, 101 days
Laura Alarcón Rapu No image.svg  Easter Island Governor 11 March 2018 Incumbent 1 year, 39 days
Željka Cvijanović Željka Cvijanović, 2018.jpg  Republika Srpska President 19 November 2018 Incumbent 151 days

Heads of government[edit]

Name Image Region Office Mandate start Mandate end Term length
Marita Petersen No image.svg  Faroe Islands Prime Minister 18 January 1993 15 September 1994 1 year, 240 days
Anson Chan Anson Chan larged 20051219.jpg  Hong Kong Chief Secretary 29 November 1993 30 June 1997 3 years, 213 days
Anson Chan Anson Chan larged 20051219.jpg  Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration 1 July 1997 30 April 2001 3 years, 303 days
Florinda Chan No image.svg  Macau Secretary for Administration and Justice of Macau 20 December 1999 20 December 2014 15 years, 0 days
Nassimah Dindar No image.svg  Réunion President of the General Council 1 April 2004 2 April 2015 11 years, 1 day
Viveka Eriksson Viveka Eriksson.jpg  Åland Islands Chief Minister 26 November 2007 25 November 2011 3 years, 364 days
Arlene Foster MLA Arlene Foster.jpg  Northern Ireland Acting First Minister 11 January 2010 3 February 2010 23 days
Josette Manin No image.svg  Martinique President of the General Council 31 March 2011 18 December 2015 4 years, 262 days
Camilla Gunell Nordiska radets session i Helsingfors (7).jpg  Åland Islands Chief Minister 25 November 2011 25 November 2015 4 years, 0 days
Carrie Lam Carrie Lam 2017 1.jpg  Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration 1 July 2012 16 January 2017 4 years, 199 days
Željka Cvijanović Željka Cvijanović, 2018.jpg  Republika Srpska Prime Minister 12 March 2013 19 November 2018 5 years, 252 days
Aleqa Hammond Aleqa Hammond.jpg  Greenland Prime Minister 5 April 2013 30 September 2014 1 year, 178 days
María Isabel Salvador Maria Isabel Salvador.JPG  Galápagos Islands Chairman of the Governing Council with Special Regime 1 August 2013 29 April 2015 1 year, 271 days
Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Official HQ.jpg  Scotland First Minister 19 November 2014 Incumbent 4 years, 151 days
Sonia Chan No image.svg  Macau Secretary for Administration and Justice 20 December 2014 Incumbent 4 years, 120 days
Josette Borel-Lincertin No image.svg  Guadeloupe President of the Departmental Council 2 April 2015 Incumbent 4 years, 17 days
Nassimah Dindar No image.svg  Réunion President of the Departmental Council 2 April 2015 2 October 2017 2 years, 183 days
Arlene Foster MLA Arlene Foster.jpg  Northern Ireland Acting First Minister 10 September 2015 20 October 2015 40 days
Katrin Sjögren Katrin Sjogren vid Nordiska Radets session pa Island 2010-11-04.jpg  Åland Islands Chief Minister 25 November 2015 Incumbent 3 years, 145 days
Arlene Foster MLA Arlene Foster.jpg  Northern Ireland First Minister 11 January 2016 9 January 2017 364 days
Lorena Tapia Núñez No image.svg  Galápagos Islands Chairman of the Governing Council with Special Regime 1 June 2017 Incumbent 1 year, 322 days

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