Leading the Way: Countries with a Woman as Head of State (Current or historical, 1953-2013) Iceland Finland Norway Canada Great Britain Latvia Lithuania Denmark Ireland Poland Germany Ukraine France Switzerland San Marino Portugal Mongolia Slovenia Serbia Kosovo Bulgaria Georgia Macedonia Turkey South Korea Malta Bermuda Israel Pakistan Bangladesh India Haiti Antigua and Barbuda JamaicaNetherlands Dominica St. Lucia Antilles Nicaragua Grenada Trinidad and Tobago Nowhere do women have equal representation with men in government. But the presence of women in government is important for the rights of women and the nature of governance itself. Recent studies suggest that women introduce different perceptions of the norms of appropriate governance. Panama Guyana Thailand Senegal Guinea-Bissau Liberia Ecuador Brazil Peru Bolivia Chile’ Argentina Elisabeth Domitien became the first Black woman prime minister of an independent state in the Central African Republic in 1975. Central African Republic Rwanda Philippines Sri Lanka Indonesia Burundi Malawi Mozambique In 1960 Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the first woman prime minister in the world as the elected leader of Sri Lanka. New Zealand Map created from data in The Penguin Atlas of Women in the World from the Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection. Artwork from Shakespeare and Elizabeth: The Meeting of Two Myths by Helen Hackett from the General Collection.