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Heads of State, Female

Since 1950, there have been approximately 70 women heads of state, not including monarchs or those appointed by monarchs to serve as ceremonial heads of government. A complete list is included at the end of this article. As the World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report documents, women still remain vastly underrepresented in political leadership. While there has been progress in terms of women's political participation and representation globally, the numbers of women heads of state has remained relatively low, hovering around 10-12 women heads of state at any one time. It is important to note that women have been elected head of state in almost every region of the world and that they span the ideological spectrum.

Heads of State versus Ceremonial Leaders

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