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International Women's Day 2018

Who run the world? Girls! The 11 Most Powerful Political Women in the World

As the #MeToo Movement takes centre stage, there is no better time to celebrate the world’s most powerful women. International Women’s Day acknowledges the achievements of women from across the globe. Here in the UK, we have a female monarch, prime minister, first minister of Scotland, head of police and head of the fire service. But there are amazing women across the world and this list below looks at some of the most powerful women:

Theresa May

Theresa May

The British Prime Minister is the second female to hold the role. She is the leader of the Conservative Party and came to power in 2016. An outspoken feminist, she has said recently that she is committed to ensuring there are more women in the British Parliament.

Angela Merkel

The German Chancellor has consistently been named as one of the world’s most influential women. She recently managed to confirm a new Coalition Government. She has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005 and is considered to be the de facto leader of the European Union.

Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump is not your ordinary First Daughter. As senior adviser to her father, US President Donald Trump, she is arguably the most powerful women outside an elected official. She often undertakes official business on behalf of her father and is widely considered to be his most important aide.

Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon is the First Minister of Scotland. The Leader of the Scottish National Party became the First Minister in 2014 and is the first woman to hold either position. Sturgeon spoke at the United Nations in New York City about gender equality and human rights, claiming that she is “determined” to use her powers as First Minister of Scotland to “make things better” and “improve opportunities” for women.

Tsai Ing-wen

In office since May 2016, Tsai is the first female leader of Taiwan. She has a Ph.D from the London School of Economics. Considered to be a progressive, Tsai has traditionally been supportive of disadvantaged groups in society, including the poor, women and children, Taiwanese aborigines, and LGBT groups.

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern is New Zealand’s second and youngest female Prime Minister. Elected at the end of 2017, she describes her female successor to the role, Helen Clark, as her role model. She describes herself as a feminist and wants to further the aims of women. She announced that she is expecting her first child earlier this year.

Sheikh Hasina

Sheikh Hasina is the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh, in office since January 2009. She previously served as Prime Minister from 1996 to 2001, and she has led the Bangladesh Awami League since 1981. Hasina is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, an International network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers.


Dalia Grybauskaitė

Dalia Grybauskaitė is the President of Lithuania. She is often referred to as the “Iron Lady” or the “Steel Magnolia”. She was Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance, also European Commissioner for Financial Programming and the Budget from 2004 to 2009 before running for the Presidency in 2009. She was re-elected in 2014, making her the only President to be re-elected for a second consecutive term.

Christine Lagarde

 Christine Lagarde is the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. A note anti-trust and labour lawyer, she served in the French Government as the Minister for Finance. In 2009, she was named the best Minister for Finance in the Eurozone. She has been a strong advocate for women in finance since entering public life.

Erna Solberg

 Erna Solberg is the current Prime Minister of Norway and leader of the Conservative Party. Her Government was first elected in 2013 and then re-elected in 2017, making Solberg the country’s first right-wing leader to win re-election since the 1980s. She was also the leader of the national Conservative Women’s Association, from 1994 to 1998.

Michelle Bachelet

Michelle Bachelet is the current President of Chile. Bachelet, a physician with studies in military strategy, was Health Minister and Defense Minister under her predecessor, Ricardo Lagos. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s most powerful women, she can speak six language including; , English, German, Portuguese, French and Italian.

These women have broken barriers in their field and will lead the way for women in their future. But let’s also not forget those women who fight every day for their rights and for their voices to be heard. This International Women’s Day should be a tribute to them.