Wednesday, November 09, 2016

America yet to elect first women president in 227 years, Asian countries chose female heads of states long back

It has taken 227 years. America has seen 43 presidents in history.

But not a single woman head of state, till now.

That's strange, isn't it?

In a few hours*, results would be known and we will know if United States of America (USA) is going to have its first woman Prez. Initial trends suggest Donald Trump is ahead, though Hillary Clinton is still in the race.

But, compared to the 'progressive' USA, States in other parts of the world have elected many women head of states including Presidents or Prime Ministers.

Today, Europe has Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany and Theresa May in Britain. However, in Asian countries--Hindu and Muslim nations, there is a long history of popular women leaders who led their countries.

Srimavo Bhandarayaka was the former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka [Ceylone]. Indira Gandhi was, of course, Prime Minister of India, for so long.

Benazir Bhutto, the former PM of Pakistan, was a charismatic leader. Tansu Ciller was Prime Minister of Turkey.

Bangladesh has the best record of electing female leaders. The contest has been between Sheikh Hasina Wajid and Begum Khaleda Zia. Both of them have been PMs in the country.

Among the initial women leaders was Golda Meir, the former PM of Israel. One of the most well-known women politicians to lead a country was Margaret Thatcher in UK.

There have been many more names. It is surprising that America hasn't had woman president before or even a serious contender.

This is surprising because countries where women empowerment is believed to be far less and where literacy among females is quite less, have had female leaders.

*This post was written before the polling. Donald Trump has now been elected President. Once again, America hasn't chosen a woman to head the country.