Thailand’s newest prime minister

3 Jul

Congratulations to Yingluck Shinawatra–the first female prime minister in Thailand! Shinawatra is only 44 years old, and has only been in politics for the past few months, and is the sister of exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra.

Yes readers, we can thank nepotism for this latest victory; but before any premature judgements, consider the example of George W. Bush, and remember that nepotism is always present in politics of any stripe and nation.

In honor of yet one more woman becoming the head of state in a country that is not the United States,  here are links to comprehensive listings of female prime ministers and presidents.

Countries as far afield as Indonesia, New Zealand, Finland, Liberia, India, Mali, Argentina, the Philippines, Chile, Ireland, Nicaragua, the United Kingdom, and the list goes on.

How much longer can the United States congratulate itself for its progress, enlightenment, advancement, and egalitarianism when the number of countries in the world that have elected women as heads of state continues to elude the U.S. as a member?



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