Chancellor Angela Merkel won a historic third term in office with an overwhelming victory for her ruling conservative Christian Democrats in Germany’s general election on Sunday night after securing huge gains. Angela Merkel is close to surpassing Margareth Tatcher in terms of number of years in power.
Hilary Diane Rodham Clinton, the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, serves under President Barack Obama. She was previously a U.S. Senator from New York (2001 to 2009). Before that, as the wife of President Bill Clinton, she was First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. In the 2008 election, Clinton was a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.
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Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, an American lawyer and writer, is the wife of the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama. She is the first African-American First Lady of the United States. She worked as part of the staff of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Angela Merkel has just won the German Elections for third time in a row! This goes to show that women are becoming just as dominant as men in the tough world of politices.
According to research, more than 20 countries currently have a woman holding office as the head of a national government, and the global participation rate of women in national-level parliaments is nearly 20%.
Hilary Clinton and Michelle Obama are two of the most powerful women in USA and even conservative countries like India have elected women such as Sonia Gandhi as their political figures.
Take a look at our Top 5 powerful women in politics for inspirationand motivation to follow a career in the path of politics!