Women in Power Series – Part 1

5 03 2010

Within the last century, the world has witnessed women emerging from the ashes of political scandal, the nurturing of motherhood, and as silent partners in marriages, simply silent advisors on the side lines next to powerful husbands. Today they are more and more, filling the shoes of diplomacy, either by inheriting or single-handily reaching for these, mainly, dominant male roles in the world stage of political power.

These women, in this vibrant political movement are tackling: civil responsibility, family values, economic, environmental, world policy, and quite frankly holding absolute political power, are becoming more prevalent, by rich and diverse cultured women.

In the up coming months, I will be presenting, interesting and prominent female figures; women that have in the past and present, made a positive mark on the political landscape of the world. So if you’re hungry for snippets on the prominent lives of Women in Power – sit back and enjoy the pages of PoliticoOne as I present these extraordinary women in short summaries with photos, video and interesting facts.

Women in Power – Part 1

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is Liberia’s president – the first elected female president in Africa is confronted daily with the crisis of a 13 year civil war, no running water, and no electricity in her country.

President Johnson-Sirleaf was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007 by President George W. Bush.

Photo by Glenna Gordon Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, left, after visiting the Liberian police training camp near Monrovia.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner or “Queen Cristina,” as she is known by the public is a lawyer and a polished public speaker, succeeded her husband Nestor Kirchner in December 2007. As one other popular woman in ArgentinaEva Peron who died in 1952, Fernandez de Kirchner has the popularity of the Argentine people on her side. She has a deep interest in global affairs and stresses her administration towards Human Rights issues.

Photo:Hub Pages. Argentina President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

Photo:Paul White/Associated Press. In Spain-Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, a senator and Argentina’s first lady, with Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero in Madrid in July.

Michelle Bachelet, is the first elected woman President of Chile and is a single mother of three children. President Bachelet has a 70 percent popularity rate, and has been a very important exponent in the midst of a horrific earthquake. Her agenda is impeccable in regards to human rights, women issues and the overall economy of her country.

AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico. Chile's first female president ends her single four-year term this year continuing to promote free trade and cooperation. Chile claims to have more bilateral or regional trade agreements than any other country, nearly 60 to date, the most recent with Turkey. In June, Bachelet announced an agreement on clean energy development with U.S. President Barack Obama. She serves as temporary president of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), a 12-nation group modeled after the European Union. —Tatiana Serafin

Chandrika Kumaratunga, President of Sri Lanka between 1994-2005 has been a political activist since an early age. She is a highly educated woman with a degree in Political Science and a PhD in Economic Development from the University of Paris. President Kumaratunga also contended with the Tamil Tigers rebel group who were negotiating at the time for self-rule with the Sri Lanka government. She is a resilient woman who felt the pain of her Prime Minister Father, and charismatic film star husband, both assassinated by political opponents.

Kumaratunga, 60, found her way into the prime minister position after turns by both her parents in the same post. It's been a tough road. Her father and husband were assassinated in the politically turbulent country, and Kumaratunga herself survived an attack by a suspected Tamil separatist suicide bomber. The country temporarily came together after last December's devastating tsunami that killed nearly 40,000 people in Sri Lanka alone. With infrastructure repair expected to cost upwards of $2 billion, Kumaratunga has much work to do before elections are held in the coming year.




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