The map that shows the countries that have had a woman leader

63 democratic countries have elected a female leader in the past 50 years

Caroline Mortimer
Monday 09 November 2015 16:20
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US campaigners marking International Women's Day in California in 2014
US campaigners marking International Women's Day in California in 2014

The US hasn't had one (though it might next year). Nor has Sweden.

In fact, since Sri Lanka's Sirimavo Bandaranaike was elected the world's first female leader in 1960, there have been a total of 63 women prime ministers and presidents.

Some were only in power for weeks or even days but others - including Britain's Margaret Thatcher and Ireland's Mary McAleese - were in power for more than a decade.

The map below, based on Pew Research Center research from 2014 and compiled for The Independent by Statista UK, shows the number of total years women have been in charge of democratic countries.

The number of countries who have had a female leader between 1964 and 2014

One notable exception is the US, which has lagged behind its G8 allies - although the election of Hillary Clinton next year would change that.

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