World’s 10 Most Charismatic Female Political Leaders

It’s a fact that to know a woman, a man takes a lifetime and some more. She is hard to define yet a marvel to consider. An icon of power women represent strength, will and grace, even under a line of fire. The world looks up to all the independent women, who have charmed the world and made changes in their own way. As it’s a man’s world a women needs to be more than just bold and efficient to fit in. She needs to be tactful and perseverant. Here are world’s top ten women in politics, who have taken leadership to the next level with ease and style, as reported by Top Ten Guru.

Sigurdardottir became the president after the October 2008 Iceland’s economic crises. Contributing to overcome the financial crises of the country Sigurdardottir has became one of the most popular Prime Ministers. She is also the first female Prime Minister of Iceland, in office since February 2009.

10 Johanna Sigurdardottir Prime Minister of Iceland

Sigurdardottir became the president after the October 2008 Iceland’s economic crises. Contributing to overcome the financial crises of the country Sigurdardottir has became one of the most popular Prime Ministers. She is also the first female Prime Minister of Iceland, in office since February 2009.

9 Sheik Hasina Wajed Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Sheik Hasina Wajed has been the Prime Minister of Bangladesh since 2009 for the second time. She was first elected in 1996 and served the post till 2001. In 2004, she survived the Dhaka grenade attack that killed more than 20 people. The grenade attack was designed to assassinate Sheik and the then Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

8 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf President of Liberia

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th and first female President of Liberia. From 1979 to 1980 Sirleaf served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert, after which she held many senior positions in different financial institutions. In the 1997 presidential election she lost to Charles Taylor. She did win the 2005 presidential election and was re-elected in the 2011 elections as the state head. Her political belief is stated in her quote, “Be not afraid to denounce injustice, though you may be outnumbered. Be not afraid to seek peace, even if your voice may be small. Be not afraid to demand peace.”

7 Julia Gillard Prime Minister of Australia

Julia Gillard is the first female Prime Minister of Australia to hold the office. Appointed in June 2010 Julia is known as a promising debater especially with her performances during parliamentary questioning. She also has ambitious reform to spend extra on the states in the next four years.

6 Cristina Fernández de Kirchner President of Argentina

Cristina Fernandez De Kirchner, better known as Cristina Kirchner or CFK is the 55th and the present President of Argentina. She has a keen sense of style and eloquence. She is the first elected female president and second women to hold the position in Argentina. She is often compared to the former First Lady Eva Perón with her stunning appearance and polarizing speeches. Kirchner is also the first women President to be re-elected.

5 Michelle Obama U.S. First Lady

Michelle Obama is the first lady of the U.S. She is best known and most criticized for her high style quotient. However, Michelle Obama also incorporates her effortless style in serving the community. Her mission statement is to end childhood obesity and helping military families in the U.S. She recently had her school exercise program debut in Chicago. Her surprise appearance at the Academy Awards in a sparkling evening gown to announce the Best Picture award has given her critics enough ammunition, which will undeniably earn her a lot of media attention. Michelle is determined to use this limelight to good use.

4 Sonia Gandhi President of the Indian National Congress

Sonia Gandhi is one of the most powerful politicians in India. She has been President of the Indian National Congress party since 1998, this year completing 15 years on the post. The Italian born is also the chairperson of the UPA government. She played important roles in making the Right to Information Act and National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme into law.  She was rated 29 in the annual survey of ‘The World’s 50 Most Influential Figures’ conducted by the British magazine ‘New Statesman’ in 2010.

3 Dilma Rousseff President of Brazil

The first woman to be the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff is the 36th and current President. She has been holding the position since January 2011. Apart from being the first women president, Rousseff is also the first economist to hold the office. Before becoming the president she was the Chief of Staff. She is seen as an influential and powerful world leader.

2 Hillary Clinton Former U.S. Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton is the former U.S. Secretary of State who served under President Obama from January 2009 to February 2013. She was also the first lady of the U.S. from 1993 to 2001, as the wife of President Bill Clinton. Hillary with her impressive personality is one of the politicians who has managed most difficult years in politics which includes the Arab Spring uprising, Iran’s alleged murder attempt on the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. and the capture and death of Osama bin Laden.

1 Angela Merkel

The Chancellor of Germany and leader of the Christian Democratic Union party, Angela Merkel has been tagged as ‘the de facto leader of the European Union.’ The Forbes magazine has currently ranked her as the world’s second most powerful person after Barack Obama, which is the highest ranking ever achieved by a woman. She has held her post as chancellor since 2005 and is the first women to hold the post. She plays the key factor role managing the financial crises, at both European and international levels.



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