Women Presiding Officers of Parliaments

From the Inter-Parliamentary Union page on Democracy through partnership between Men and Women in Politics comes this very informative table on the political positions on women in power in various countries.

Women Presiding Officers of Parliaments.


Date at which, for the first time in the country’s parliamentary history,
a woman became Presiding Officer of Parliament or of one of its Houses:
COUNTRY YEAR COUNTRY YEAR
Austria 1927 Suriname 1997
Denmark 1950 Netherlands 1998
Hungary 1963 Czech Republic 1998
Uruguay 1963 Venezuela 1998
Germany 1972 Spain 1999
Canada 1972 Dominican Republic 1999
Argentina 1973 Lesotho 2000
Iceland 1974 Republic of Moldova 2001
Switzerland 1977 Georgia 2001
Bolivia 1979 Chile 2002
Italy 1979 Liberia 2003
Dominica 1980 Estonia 2003
Sao Tome and Principe 1980 Greece 2004
San Marino 1981 Belgium 2004
Ireland 1982 Saint Kitts and Nevis 2004
Belize 1984 New Zealand 2005
Jamaica 1984 Burundi 2005
Costa Rica 1986 Albania 2005
Australia 1987 Zimbabwe 2005
Luxembourg 1989 Gambia 2006
Grenada 1990 Israel 2006
Nicaragua 1990 Swaziland 2006
Finland 1991 Turkmenistan 2006
Guatemala 1991 Saint Lucia 2007
Sweden 1991 United States of America 2007
Trinidad and Tobago 1991 Nigeria 2007
United Kingdom 1992 Uzbekistan 2008
Croatia 1993 Pakistan 2008
Japan 1993 Serbia 2008
Norway 1993 Rwanda 2008
South Africa 1994 Romania 2008
Antigua and Barbuda 1994 Gabon 2009
El Salvador 1994 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2009
Mexico 1994 Ghana 2009
Panama 1994 India 2009
Ethiopia 1995 Bulgaria 2009
Latvia 1995 Lithuania 2009
Peru 1995 Botswana 2009
Malta 1996 Mozambique 2010
Poland 1997 United Rep. of Tanzania 2010
Bahamas 1997

For three short years, the U.S. had a woman in the lead position of a House of Government — first time on 2007! Shame on us. And, of course, no longer.

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