Kamala Harris will on Wednesday be sworn-in because the 49th Vice President of the United States of America, alongside Joe Biden, who will take oath because the 46th President. Before Harris, who’s of Indian-origin, no girl has been the US President or Vice President. Previously, Hillary Clinton has been a presidential nominee, and misplaced to Donald Trump in 2016, whereas Sarah Palin was the operating mate of John McCain in 2008, once they misplaced to Barack Obama and Biden.

As Vice President, Harris would be the first within the line of presidential succession. Here’s a have a look at some distinguished feminine leaders, present and former:

1. Angela Merkel (Germany): Consistently ranked as probably the most highly effective girl on the planet, and likewise amongst its strongest leaders, Merkel has been the Chancellor of Germany since November 2005. Currently in her fifth time period, Merkel will step down this yr.

2. Jacinda Ardern (New Zealand): Currently in her second time period as prime minister, Ardern is among the many youngest heads of presidency on the planet. Praised for her dealing with of the Covid-19 pandemic in her nation, Ardern is the third feminine New Zealand PM, after Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark, respectively.

3. Sheikh Hasina (Bangladesh): The daughter of the nation’s first President, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Hasina can be its longest-serving prime minister. Currently in her fourth time period, Sheikh Hasina has been Bangladesh’s PM since 2009, having first held workplace between 1996 and 2001.

4. Tsai Ing-wen (Taiwan): The first feminine President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen can be the seventh holder of the workplace. She first gained in 2016 and repeated the feat 4 years later.

5. Indira Gandhi (India): The first, and up to now solely feminine prime minister of India, Gandhi was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, the primary PM. She was the third prime minister, and the second longest-serving PM after her father.

6. Margaret Thatcher (UK): Dubbed because the “Iron Lady,” Thatcher was the primary feminine prime minister of the United Kingdom. She was three-term prime minister, from May 4, 1979 to November 28, 1990.

7. Theresa May (UK): The second feminine prime minister of her nation, May took workplace after the resignation of David Cameron in 2016. As PM, she carried out Brexit negotiations with the European Union (EU). She resigned in 2019 and was succeeded by the incumbent Boris Johnson.

8. Golda Meir (Israel): Born in what’s present-day Ukraine, Meir was her nation’s fourth prime minister and the primary girl to carry that workplace. She was dubbed because the “Iron Lady” of Israel.

9. Benazir Bhutto (Pakistan): The first feminine head of presidency of a Muslim-majority nation, Bhutto was a two-term prime minister of Pakistan. The daughter of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, a former President and PM of Pakistan, she was the primary and up to now, the one feminine PM of her nation.

10. Michelle Bachelet (Chile): Currently serving because the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bachelet was a two-term President of Chile, the primary girl to carry that place.

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