5 Most Influential Women In International Politics

We were reading a New York Times news item on women taking charge in the economy one morning when we suddenly had a thought about the most influential women in international politics. Can you name a few? We did some research about our favorite women in international politics and they truly are inspiring and interesting personalities. Check them out.

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

1. Angela Merkel

Friends, Angel Merkel is the current Chancellor of Germany, having assumed power in 2005. She is said to be the most powerful woman in Europe, not only in politics. Having chaired various political coalitions, Angela Merkel was also President of the European Council and chaired the G8. Not only is this powerful woman the first female Chancellor of Germany, but she's also said to be the driving force of the German and European economy. She's been previously given the 4th position in Forbes list of 100 most powerful women in 2010.


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Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

2. Aung San Suu Kyi

We just can't get ourselves to believe the fact that Aung Saan Suu Kyi remained in house arrest in Burma from 1989 to 2010. She has been fighting a non-violent struggle to make Burma a democratic nation all her life. She is also leader of Myanmar's pro-democracy National League for Democracy. Not only has she received international support from most prominent nations of the world, but this influential woman also has a raft of prizes under her belt. Some of them being the Nobel Peace Prize (1991), the Rafto Prize & the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought (1990) and the International Simón Bolívar Prize. Isn't it amazing to know that Aung San Suu Kyi has won an honorary citizenship of Canada?


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Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi

3. Sonia Gandhi

How can this powerful and influential woman in international politics not be on any list? The amazing this about this prominent Indian politician is that she is actually Italian! Critics have lauded her for governing the country even without being on the Prime Minister's seat. This powerful and influential woman in international politics is not in mainstream Indian politics just because she was married into the famous Gandhi family. Do you know why we say this? Because no one would be re-voted as the President of the Congress Party for four times consecutively in a row just because of a lineage. Yes, friends, she is the longest serving President in the 125 years of existence of the Indian National Congress party.


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Hilary Clinton

Hilary Clinton

4. Hilary Clinton

Here's one more powerful and influential woman in international politics who also happened to be the First Lady of America from 1993 to 2001. You guessed it right – we're talking about Hilary Rodham Clinton. But do you know why she's powerful? Even before she became the First Lady, she was a fiery lawyer fighting for the victims of child abuse in America and becoming the voice of women in the developing world. And when she became Secretary of State in 2009, it was her vision that America should opt for military escalation in Afghanistan.


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Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard

5. Julia Gillard

This lady is the 27th and the first female Prime Minister of Australia. Need we say anything more? Although she has received a lot of skepticism and questions from people who think she won't be able to perform because of her sudden rise to office. Although she has handled many portfolios in the government such as Education, Employment and Immigration, a massive challenge of smoothening environmental legislation in Australia lies in front of her. But knowing this powerful and influential woman in international politics, we're sure she'll be able to perform.


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  • Angela Merkel
  • Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Sonia Gandhi
  • Hilary Clinton
  • Julia Gillard

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