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List Rules Current women presidents and prime ministers.

While women rulers have led great empires as hereditary monarchs since ancient times, the first appointed female head of state didn't take office until 1960, when Sirivamo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka became the world's first female elected Premier, serving as head of the government. In 1974, Isabel Peron was secretly sworn in as President of Argentina following the death of her husband, Argentinian strongman Juan Peron, becoming the first woman in history to hold the top position of power.

Since then, it's become more and more common for women to be elected as the leaders of their nations - and there 17 currently serving, as of August 2015. Many of the most powerful countries on earth, including Germany, India, Brazil, South Korea, Israel, Chile, and the United Kingdom have elected or appointed women as their heads of state. These women presidents and prime ministers have had command of nuclear weapons, powerful economies, vast populations, and - most importantly - the respect of their people.

Here is the complete list of current presidents or heads of government who are women.
Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Female Presidents Currently in Office
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Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2016

Theresa Mary May PC is a British Conservative politician, and the current UK Home Secretary. May was first elected to Parliament in 1997 as Member of Parliament for Maidenhead. She went on to be appointed Chairman of the Conservative Party and was sworn of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council ...more

Birthplace: Eastbourne, England

Nationality: United Kingdom

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Tsai Ing-wen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Female Presidents Currently in Office
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President of the Republic of China since 2016

Tsai Ing-wen is a Taiwanese politician who currently serves as the chair of the Democratic Progressive Party. Tsai previously served as chair from 2008 to 2012, and was the party's presidential candidate in 2012. Having studied in Taiwan, the U.S and the U.K., Tsai earned an LL.B. from National ...more

Birthplace: Fangshan, Pingtung

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Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Female Presidents Currently in Office
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Chancellor of Germany since 2005

Angela Merkel is the current Chancellor of Germany and the head of the political party CDU in Germany. In addition to being the first female German Chanchellor, she is also considered by Forbes magazine to be the most powerful woman in the world. ...more

Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

Nationality: Germany

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Female Presidents Currently in Office
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President of Liberia since 2006

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born 29 October 1938) is the 24th and current President of Liberia. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup d'état, after which she left Liberia and held senior positions at various financial institutions. She placed a ...more

Birthplace: Monrovia, Liberia

Nationality: Liberia

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