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Pamela Paxton & Melanie M. Hughes

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 33: Women as Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Government Ministers

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Women as Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Government Ministers
Women as presidents, prime ministers, and government ministers

In 1995 national leaders from more than 100 countries gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. This group of national leaders was overwhelmingly male, including only 6 women. At the UN World Summit 10 years later, women were again only 8 of the more than 170 national leaders in attendance. Today, of the more than 190 countries in the world, a woman is the national leader of only 11.

A female in the top leadership position of a country, such as Michelle Bachelet ...

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