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Can you pick the countries that have had a democratically elected female head of state (*beware of monarchies!*)?
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Elected Female Heads of State Quiz
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Nov 5th, 2011 at 13:57 GMT
Head of state is as defined in individual country's constitutions (i.e. the Queen is the head of state of many commonwealth countries, therefore Thatcher and the UK isn't listed, likewise with Shipley and New Zealand, Gillard and Australia, Campbell and Canada etc.). The term democratically elected is applied loosely. Peron and all the women listed as 'Acting President' didn't stand for election for head of state of their countries, presumably, but assumed the office after the death or resignation of the previous head of state. It's debatable whether they warranted inclusion but I decide to on the basis that they assumed office democratically and in accordance with their country's respective constitutions.
Nov 5th, 2011 at 16:18 GMT
What about Denmark?
Nov 5th, 2011 at 16:26 GMT
As a Dane do you need me to respond to that? Does a lil' ole lady by the name of Margrethe mean anything to you?
Nov 5th, 2011 at 19:03 GMT
Several of these were not democratically elected.
Apr 4th, 2012 at 13:43 GMT
I gave this quiz a complete overhaul so hopefully it's okay. I wasn't trying to include all countries that have had a female head of states, but instead focused on countries that have had a female head of state that was elected by a direct vote, as opposed to being appointed by parliament, which explains the absence of India, Latvia and others. As the question says beware of monarchies, the UK has had an elected prime minister and a female monarch, but this quiz is looking for elected female heads of state and as such the UK and the other monarchies on this list are incorrect.
Apr 4th, 2012 at 21:00 GMT
Ireland's current president is Michael Higgins
Jan 15th, 2013 at 21:54 GMT
Loved this quiz (actually found it when I was thinking of doing a similar one). Gave it a CP for Political.
Jan 16th, 2013 at 07:02 GMT
Of course, with one pick left, it
to be Kyrgyzstan! (grrr...)
May 4th, 2013 at 16:00 GMT
What about Israel's Golda Meir?
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