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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Women in World

We had our first meeting with the G.L.O.W. girls club; I have to say this has been one of the most rewarding parts of my Peace Corps service. 76 girls came from grades 5-9, and 2 Zambian female teachers came to help facilitate. Since this was just the first meeting we worked on the rules or the club (attendance, time, etc). But we already started talking about women in the world. It was sad to me to see that 90% of my girls didn’t believe that a woman could become president or hold a position of power. A lot of the village girls think the only thing they can do is get married and have children. The next meeting is called “girls can do anything”, we intend to talk about famous and influence women in history and talk about setting goals (long term and short term). So I plan on presenting a list of famous and powerful women:


  1. Dambisa Moyo – Lusaka Born Zambian, now a international award winning economist and author. She holds a PHD in Economics.
  2. Susan Nakazwe – Female mayor of Lusaka
  3. Julia Rosa – Zambian born actress, famous on American Television.
  4. 21 women in the Zambian national assembly.

Female Presidents and Prime Ministers

  1. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Sri Lanka
    Prime Minister, 1960-1965, 1970-1977, 1994-2000.
  2. Indira Gandhi, India
    Prime Minister, 1966-77, 1980-1984.
  3. Golda Meir, Israel
    Prime Minister, 1969-1974.
  4. Isabel Peron, Argentina
    President, 1974-1976
  5. Elisabeth Domitien, Central African Republic
    Prime Minister, 1975-1976
  6. Margaret Thatcher, Great Britain
    Prime Minister, 1979-1990.
  7. Maria da Lourdes Pintasilgo, Portugal
    Prime Minister, 1979-1980.
  8. Lidia Gueiler Tejada, Bolivia
    Prime Minister, 1979-1980.
  9. Dame Eugenia Charles, Dominica
    Prime Minister, 1980-1995.
  10. Vigdís Finnbogadóttír, Iceland
    President, 1980-96.
  11. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norway
    Prime Minister, 1981, 1986-1989, 1990-1996.
  12. Soong Ching-Ling, Peoples' Republic of China
    Honorary President, 1981.
  13. Milka Planinc, Yugoslavia
    Federal Prime Minister, 1982-1986.
  14. Agatha Barbara, Malta
    President, 1982-1987.
  15. Maria Liberia-Peters, Netherlands Antilles
    Prime Minister, 1984-1986, 1988-1993.
  16. Corazon Aquino, Philippines
    President, 1986-92.
  17. Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan
    Prime Minister, 1988-1990, 1993-1996.
  18. Kazimiera Danuta Prunskiena, Lithuania
    Prime Minister, 1990-91.
  19. Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, Nicaragua
    Prime Minister, 1990-1996.
  20. Mary Robinson, Ireland
    President, 1990-1997.
  21. Ertha Pascal Trouillot, Haiti
    Interim President, 1990-1991.
  22. Sabine Bergmann-Pohl, German Democratic Republic
    President, 1990.
  23. Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar (Burma)
    Her party won 80% of the seats in a democratic election in 1990, but the military government refused to recognize the results. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
  24. Khaleda Zia, Bangladesh
    Prime Minister, 1991-1996.
  25. Edith Cresson, France
    Prime Minister, 1991-1992.
  26. Hanna Suchocka, Poland
    Prime Minister, 1992-1993.
  27. Kim Campbell, Canada
    Prime Minister, 1993.
  28. Sylvie Kinigi, Burundi
    Prime Minister, 1993-1994.
  29. Agathe Uwilingiyimana, Rwanda
    Prime Minister, 1993-1994.
  30. Susanne Camelia-Romer, Netherlands Antilles
    Prime Minister, 1993, 1998-1999
  31. Tansu Çiller, Turkey
    Prime Minister, 1993-1995.
  32. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge, Sri Lanka
    Prime Minister, 1994, President, 1994-2005
  33. Reneta Indzhova, Bulgaria
    Interim Prime Minister, 1994-1995.
  34. Claudette Werleigh, Haiti
    Prime Minister, 1995-1996.
  35. Sheikh Hasina Wajed, Bangladesh
    Prime Minister, 1996-2001,2009-.
  36. Mary McAleese, Ireland
    President, 1997-.
  37. Pamela Gordon, Bermuda
    Premier, 1997-1998.