Timeline

Women are powerful, and they have always been powerful! From Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut in 1482 B.C. to Borjana Kristo, president of the fledgling Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2007, women have determined the destinies of people and nations.

View a chronology of worldwide woman suffrage. (PDF)


Victoria
b. 1819 - d. 1901

Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
1837-1901





Laxmibai
b. 1828-1858

Rani (Queen) of Jhansi (India)





Yaa Asantewaa
b. 1840 - d. 1921

Queen Mother of Ejisu (Ghana)

 





Wilhelmina
b. 1880 - d. 1962

Queen of the Netherlands
1890- 1948





Lili'uokalani
b. 1838- d. 1917

Queen of Hawai'i
1891-1893





Lili
Sukhbaataryn Yanjmaa
b. 1893 - d. 1963

President of Mongolia
1953-1954





Song Qingling
b. 1893 - d. 1981

President of China
1968-1972





Juliana
b. 1909 - d. 2004

Queen of the Netherlands
1948-1980





Sirimavo Bandaranaike
b. 1916 - d. 2000

Prime Minister of Ceylon/Sri Lanka
1960-1965, 1970-1977, 1994-2000





Mary Eugenia Charles
b. 1919 - d. 2005

Prime Minister of Dominica
1980-1995





Janet Jagan
b. 1920

President of Guyana
1997-1999





Lydia Gueiler Tejada
b. 1921

President of Bolivia
1979-1980





Violeta Barrios de Chamorro
b. 1929

President of Nicaragua
1990-1997





Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo
b. 1930 - d. 2004

Prime Minister of Portugal
1979-1980





Vigdis Finnbogadottir
b. 1930


President of Iceland
1980-1996





Mary Robinson
b. 1934

President of Ireland
1990-1997





Pratibha Patil
b. 1934

President of India
2007- present





Vaira Vike-Freiberga
b. 1937

President of Latvia
1999-2007





Gro Harlem Brundtland
b. 1939

Prime Minister of Norway
1981, 1986-1989, 1990-1996





Ruth Perry
b. 1939

President of Liberia
1996-1997





Kazimera Prunskiene
b. 1943

Prime Minister of Lithuania
1990-1991





Tarja Halonen
b. 1943

President of Finland
2000 - present





Portia Simpson-Miller
b. 1945

Prime Minister of Jamaica
2006 - 2007





Micheline Calmy-Rey
b. 1945

President of Switzerland
2007 - present





Sabine Bergmann-Pohl
b. 1946

President of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany)
1990





Tansu Ciller
b. 1946

Prime Minister of Turkey
1993-1996





Mireya Elisa Moscoso Rodríguez
b. 1946

President of Panama
1999-2004





Kim Campbell
b. 1947

Prime Minister of Canada
1993





Sheikh Hasina Wajed
b. 1947

Prime Minister of Bangladesh
1996-2001





Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
b. 1947

President of the Phillipines
2001- present





Helen Clark
b. 1950

Prime Minister of New Zealand
1999 - present





Mary McAleese
b. 1951

President of Ireland
1997- present





Michelle Bachelet Jeria
b. 1951

President of Chile
2006 - present





Elizabeth II
b. 1926

Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth Realms
1952 - present





Sylvia Kinigi
b. 1952

Prime Minister of Burundi
1993-1994





Jenny Shipley
b. 1952

Prime Minister of New Zealand
1997-1999





Reneta Indzhova
b. 1953

Prime Minister of Bulgaria
1994-1995





Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
b. 1953

President of Argentina
2007 - present





Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
Borjana Kristo
b. 1961

President of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzogovina
2007- present





Indira Gandhi
b. 1917 - d. 1984

Prime Minister of India
1966-1977 and 1980-1984





Indira Gandhi
Golda Meir
b. 1898 - d. 1978

Prime Minister of Israel
1969-1974





Golda Meir
Margrethe II
b. 1940

Queen of Denmark
1972 - present





Elisabeth Domitien
b. 1925 - d. 2005

Prime Minister of the Central African Republic
1975-1976





Margaret Thatcher
b. 1925

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
1979-1990





Margaret Thatcher
Beatrix
b. 1938

Queen of the Netherlands
1980 - present





Corazon Aquino
b. 1933

President of the Phillipines
1986-1992





Benazir Bhutto
b. 1953

Prime Minister of Pakistan
1988-1990 and 1993-1996





Benazir Bhutto
Ertha Pascal-Trouillot
b. 1943

President of Haiti
1990-1991





Khaleda Zia
b. 1945

Prime Minister of Bangladesh
1991-1996, 2001-2006





Khaleda Zia
Edith Cresson
b. 1934

Prime Minister of France
1991-1992





Agathe Uwilingiyimana
b. 1953- d. 1994

Prime Minister of Rwanda
1993-1994





Chandrika Kumaratunga
b. 1945

President of Sri Lanka
1997-2003





Chandrika Kumaratunga
Angela Merkel
b. 1954

Chancellor of Germany
2005 - present





Han Myeong Sook
b. 1944

Prime Minister of South Korea
2006-2007





Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
b. 1938

President of Liberia
2006 - present






Log In



Clio Talks Back Blog
Become a Sponsor