The world of governance is typically associated with male figures, but the most powerful women in politics demonstrate that gender isn’t a barrier anymore when it comes to ruling the world. While each of the ladies on this list has her own personal style and image, they all share one common characteristic: they have leadership skills. Furthermore, they’re not defined by their surroundings, as you have female politicians in every continent of the world today.
If you’re interested in politics from the male perspective, check out our previous article on the 10 most important South American leaders for a little tour through the continents history. However, for now let’s focus on the present and the recent shift in female prominence on the political landscape. These are the most powerful women in politics.
5. Sheikh Hasina Wajed
At 62 years of age, Sheikh Hasina Wajed could retire knowing she was an exemplary force of nature in the male dominated political field of Bangladesh. She gained her first sense of political power when she was elected the President of the Bangladesh Awami League in 1981 and in 1996 reached the position of Prime Minister for the first time. Although Sheikh has suffered the loss of 17 family members through assassinations and other death causes, she remained on top of her country’s concerns and was therefore elected Prime Minister once again in 2009. Her participation in the Council of Women World Leaders also weighs in her favour, since the organization encourages female leaders to actively tackle issues regarding women’s rights.