Many outstanding world leaders are trailblazing women who’ve overcome harmful stereotypes and obstacles to obtain their positions. We feature fourwomen leaders across the globe and five times they’ve displayed amazing leadership.
Jacinda Arden, Prime Minister of New Zealand
- She has been praised for clear, empathetic communications to her nation during the pandemic.
- Under her leadership, New Zealand was deemed to have the most effective and organized Covid-19 response.
- Arden gives daily Covid-19 briefings and does Facebook live streams to answer the most popular and concerning questions.
- She is one of two leaders who gave birth while in office.
- She was praised for her response to two mass shootings in Christchurch mosques. Not only was she respectful, but she signed off on banning assault rifles a week later.
Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister of Denmark
- Frederiksen is the youngest person to ever hold this position and only the second woman.
- She stood up to Donald Trump considering his idea to purchase Greenland “outlandish.”
- Denmark was one of the first European countries to shut down for the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Under her leadership, the country is planning to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent.
- Boosted public spending upon taking office.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia
- First woman to be elected as a head of state in Africa.
- Awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in promoting peace and gender equality.
- Took office after a deadly civil war and rebuilt infrastructure and the economy.
- Before taking office, she was arrested and exiled for speaking out about the militant government.
- By 2010, she was able to eliminate Liberia’s debt.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
- She is the first-ever woman Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.
- Her main goals in office were to lower the murder rate, lower the poverty level, and boost pensions.
- She was the first woman of Indian origin to be a state leader outside of India and other South Asian countries.
- Previously served as the Minister of Education and fought to improve the country’s public education system.
- In 2010, she was labeled as the 13th most influential female world leader.
Originally published in Bleu Magazine Issue 67.