It's a ritual as old as the United States of America: heading out to the polls and deciding who will lead the country for the next four years. To date, all the real-life individuals who have filled the office of Commander-in-Chief have been men, and until recently, every vice president has followed suit. When Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn in on January 20, 2021, she became the first woman vice president in American history.
While Harris is unique in the real world, films and television series have featured female presidents and vice presidents for decades. Who's your favorite fictional female president? Vote up the best executives below.
Foul mouthed political animal who starts out as veep and ends up in the hot seat as President Hughes focuses on his family.
Taciturn survivor who ascends to the presidency after her suspicious and calculating husband dies offscreen.
Straight-A student and gold-star human who has to deal with her idiotic brother while trying to stabilize the economy.
Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) - 'Scandal'
First lady who runs with the help of her husband’s mistress.
Earnest, dedicated public servant who ran as either VP or chief executive alongside her husband, avowed calzone aficionado Ben Wyatt.
Olivia Marsdin (Lynda Carter) - 'Supergirl'
Extraterrestrial alien in disguise who was forced to resign the presidency after being exposed as an exterrestrial alien in disguise.
Elizabeth Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) - 'Homeland'
Former New York Senator who has a combat-veteran son and no patience for bulls**t.
Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) - 'Long Shot'
Former secretary of state who doesn’t mind having a lazy, bearded journalist around.
Former Connecticut Congressperson who carries her running mate to victory as VP then takes over when he dies of natural causes.
Elizabeth Lanford (Sela Ward) - 'Independence Day: Resurgence'
Dedicated public servant and realist who consistently underestimates malaevolent alien invaders.
Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) - 'The Purge: Election Year'
Former senator who actively opposes the annual Purge.
Shady former senator who covers up her son’s death in office.
Big bad, arch-villain, and vice president who is willing to frame innocent people on behalf of the Company.
Olive Oyl (Mae Questel) - 'Olive Oyl for President'
Sassy flapper who took office in the mind of her boyfriend, Popeye, and gave politics the business.
Taffy Dale (Natalie Portman) - 'Mars Attacks!'
Disaffected teen who assumes sumbolic leadership afer her parents, the president and first lady, are killed in an alien invasion.
Claire Haas (Marcia Cross) - 'Quantico'
Former FBI agent and senator who is also an arch-villain with particularly spiteful tendencies.
Put-upon wife and mom who has to put up with the ridiculousness of foriegn threats and her own stupid family.
Diane Steen (Christina Applegate) - 'Mafia!'
An upstanding citizen despite her relationship with a flaky mobster.
Elena Cañero-Reed (Gina Rodriguez) - 'Diary of a Future President'
Cuban-American who knew she'd be in charge even when she was 12 years old.
Madame President (Ernestine Barrier) - 'Project Moonbase'
Nameless executive who addresses astronauts stranded on the lunar surface in an alternate 1970.
Unnamed Female President Of The United States (Unknown) - 'X-Men: The Animated Series'
Pantsuit-sporting politician who approves of Sentinels and generally persecutes mutants.
Laura Montez (Andrea Savage) - 'Veep'
Former senator from New Mexico who ascended to the office when no clear president emerged during a runoff election.
President Rivers (Joan Rivers) - 'Les Patterson Saves the World'
Mysterious presidential figure played by Joan Rivers in an uncredited appearance.
Highly capable mother who has to deal with her high-maintenance husband and a deranged dictator, prompting her to resign to spend more time with her family.
Politcally inexperienced cartoon fetish figure who wins in a dance-based landslide against the aptly-named Mr. Nobody.