Women in charge

In­ter­na­tion­ally, the per­cent­age of women elected to par­lia­ments has al­most dou­bled in the past 20 years.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - PROFILE -

Theresa May

is the newly minted PM of the UK and has quickly el­e­vated women to se­nior posts in her first Cabi­net. She has one of the tough­est jobs in pol­i­tics, han­dling the fall­out after the Brexit vote.

Ellen John­son Sir­leaf

was the first woman to lead an African na­tion, hav­ing twice been Pres­i­dent of Liberia. In 2011, she won a No­bel Peace Prize for fur­ther­ing women’s rights.

Aung San Suu Kyi

spent 15 years un­der ar­rest and last year led the Na­tional League for Democ­racy to a land­slide win in the first free elec­tion in Myan­mar for 25 years.

Hil­lary Clin­ton’s

life changed when she stood spell­bound, as a school­girl, lis­ten­ing to Martin Luther King Jnr. The for­mer First Lady may be elected as the first fe­male US Pres­i­dent in Novem­ber.

An­gela Merkel

is steer­ing the EU through waves of hu­man­i­tar­ian crises. The Ger­man Chan­cel­lor’s sym­pa­thetic re­sponse to the in­flux of refugees was un­sur­pris­ing given she is the daugh­ter of a Lutheran pas­tor.

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