Women on Top - Page 2
But the list of female Presidents has now a new member with the election of Dilma Rousseff as Brazilian head of state late on Sunday.
So Latin America now has three presidents, Europe leads with five, Asia two and Africa has one female president.
We feel proud as women when we see this statistics.
But on the other side of the coin there are still countries like Saudi Arabia or Lebanon where women still don’t have full suffrage.
In US, Congress passed what became, when it was ratified in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment which prohibited state and federal agencies from gender-based restrictions on voting. Suffrage was extended to women in France by the 21 April 1944 ordinance of the French Provisional government though "Indigenous Muslim" women in French Algeria had to wait until a 3 July 1958 decree.
What is however striking in this statistics is that the great propagators of Freedom and Liberty and Equality, the USA and France still don’t have a female President.
Segolene Royal, a former environment minister has however shaken up French politics with her grassroots campaign and has won the overwhelming backing of the main opposition Socialist Party in her bid to become the country's first female president.
Let’s see when we can add these two great nations in our list of First Female Presidents of the world.