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Nine Muslim women Heads of State within the last 40 years
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Nine Muslim women Heads of State within the last 40 years

Nine Muslim women Heads of State within the last 40 years

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Collage of nine Muslim women leaders over the past 40 years. Image: Various sources via MuslimGirl.com

Happy International Women’s Day!

In celebration of this annual momentous occasion, I thought I’d share with you some phenomenal Muslim leaders who happen to be women. These women led their countries’ governments way before we had the “nasty woman” movement here in the West. Bam. What’s that you said about us being oppressed?

Check out this impressive list of leaders who paved the way for excellence in breaking the glass ceiling in their own country within the last 40 years:

1) BENAZIR BHUTTO

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Benazir Bhutto. Image: Wikimedia Commons /via MuslimGirl.com

Country: Pakistan

Title: Prime Minister

Years of Service: From 1988 to 1990; and then again from 1993 to 1996. She was assassinated in 2007, but before her death, she set precedence for Muslim women leading a nation.

Quote: “As a woman leader, I thought I brought a different kind of leadership. I was interested in women’s issues, in bringing down the population growth rate… as a woman, I entered politics with an additional dimension – as a mother.”

2) KHALEDA ZIA

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Khaleda Zia. Image: en.bnpbangladesh.com /via MuslimGirl.com

Country: Bangladesh

Title: Prime Minister

Years of service: From 1991 to 1996, and then again from 2001 to 2006

Quote: “From my experience, voters do not see any difference between men and women. They judge candidates for what they say. It is possible for women to come up in politics in Bangladesh now without any family connections. In this we are equal.”

3) TANSU CILLER

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Tansu Ciller. Image: photos.state.gov /via MuslimGirl.com

Country: Turkey

Title: Prime Minister

Years of service: From 1993 to 1996

Quote: “Nobody today can resist a ripe idea. The idea today is change.”

4) SHEIKH HASINA

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Sheikh Hasina. Image: Wikipedia /via MuslimGirl.com

Country: Bangladesh

Title: Prime Minister

Years of service: From 1996 to 2001, and was elected to serve as Prime Minister once again in 2009 to the present.

Quote: “Maintaining decency, we could go anywhere and do all of our works — Islam gives that liberty and scope to women …women have to create their own fate and work out their own future.”

5) MAME MADIOR BOYE

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Mame Madior Boye. Image: AFP PHOTO: SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images /via MuslimGirl.com

Country: Senegal

Title: Prime Minister

Years of Service: From 2001 to 2002

Fact: She was the first female Prime Minister of Senegal. The second female Prime Minister of Senegal would come 11 years later when Aminata Touré served from September 2013 until July 2014.

6) MEGAWATI SUKARNOPUTRI

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Megawati Sukarnoputri. Image: pinterpolitik.com /via MuslimGirl.com

Country: Indonesia

Title: President

Years of service: From 2001 to 2004

Quote: “I want to encourage our people, to educate our people to have the courage to understand and fight for their rights.”

7) ROZA OTUNBAYEVA

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Roza Otunbayeva. Image: Wikipedia /via MuslimGirl.com

Country: Kyrgzstan

Title: President

Years of service: From 2010 to 2011

Quote: “I am a fighter. I believe in the bright future of my country. I believe that the people of my country deserve a decent life, and I know that my people want to live in freedom.”

8) ATIFETE JAHJAGA

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Atifete Jahjaga. Image: Wikimedia Commons /via MuslimGirl.com

Country: Kosovo

Title: President

Years of service: From 2011 to 2016

Quote: “The power of women in the politics is a soft power. It is a positive change that our country and other countries in the region… are making by giving a chance to women.”

9) AMEENAH FAKIM

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Ameenah Fakim. Image: Twitter/via MuslimGirl.com

Country: Mauritius

Title: President

Years of service: From 2015 to the present

Quote: “Great leaders sometimes fail because of the failure to listen or question their mistakes.”

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