America’s Sexist Shame


With the shock win of sexist Donald Trump* as President – America will, once again, have a cis heterosexual white male as head of state. Of the 43 presidents in U.S. history only one has not been white and, appallingly, not one has been a woman. This history of institutional sexual discrimination makes the rigging of the democratic process in favor of a white male by another white male even more abhorrent.

The blatant policy of sexual discrimination is through all levels of government in America. Women make up 50.8% of the population – yet this minority group is under-represented in both houses and the judiciary. Only 32% of judges are women. In congress the discrimination is even worse – only 20% in the senate and a disgustingly discriminatory 19.3% in the house of representatives.

By comparison – Aotearoa (New Zealand) has 34% women members of parliament and has twice had a woman Prime Minister (much loved lesbian Helen Clark, served as PM for nine years). Aotearoa has also had a transgender member of parliament – something that seems incredibly unlikely in the, discriminatory against women, United States.

The following list is of women heads of government or state. The three largest Muslim (by population) countries have all had women heads of state. Many African countries have had multiple woman leaders. The country that is most noticeable by its absence is the United States of America, where quite clearly institutional sexism is the worst in the world.

Name Image Country Office Mandate start Mandate end Term length
Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranayaka (1916-2000) (Hon.Sirimavo Bandaranaike with Hon.Lalith Athulathmudali Crop).jpg  Ceylon Prime Minister 21 July 1960 27 March 1965 4 years, 249 days
Indira Gandhi Indira Gandhi 1977.jpg  India Prime Minister 24 January 1966 24 April 1977 11 years, 90 days
Golda Meir Golda Meir 03265u.jpg  Israel Prime Minister 17 March 1969 3 June 1974 5 years, 78 days
Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranayaka (1916-2000) (Hon.Sirimavo Bandaranaike with Hon.Lalith Athulathmudali Crop).jpg  Ceylon/
 Sri Lanka
Prime Minister 29 May 1970 23 July 1977 7 years, 55 days
Elisabeth Domitien No image.svg  Central African Republic Prime Minister 2 January 1975 7 April 1976 1 year, 96 days
Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher.png  United Kingdom Prime Minister 4 May 1979 28 November 1990 11 years, 208 days
Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo 1986 (cropped).jpg  Portugal Prime Minister 1 July 1979 3 January 1980 186 days
Indira Gandhi Indira Gandhi 1977.jpg  India Prime Minister 15 January 1980 31 October 1984 4 years, 290 days
Dame Eugenia Charles Eugenia Charles.jpg  Dominica Prime Minister 21 July 1980 14 June 1995 14 years, 328 days
Gro Harlem Brundtland Gro Harlem Brundtland (cropped).jpg  Norway Prime Minister 4 February 1981 14 October 1981 252 days
Milka Planinc MilkaPlaninc.jpg  Yugoslavia Prime Minister 16 May 1982 15 May 1986 3 years, 364 days
Gro Harlem Brundtland Gro Harlem Brundtland (cropped).jpg  Norway Prime Minister 9 May 1986 16 October 1989 3 years, 160 days
Benazir Bhutto Benazir Bhutto.jpg  Pakistan Prime Minister 2 December 1988 6 July 1990 1 year, 216 days
Kazimira Prunskienė Kazimiera Prunskiene.2008-05-23.jpg  Lithuania Prime Minister 17 March 1990 10 January 1991 299 days
Gro Harlem Brundtland Gro Harlem Brundtland (cropped).jpg  Norway Prime Minister 3 November 1990 25 October 1996 5 years, 357 days
Khaleda Zia Khaleda Zia.jpg  Bangladesh Prime Minister 27 February 1991 30 March 1996 5 years, 32 days
Édith Cresson Edith Cresson2.png  France Prime Minister 15 May 1991 2 April 1992 323 days
Hanna Suchocka Hanna Suchocka, Prime Minister of Poland 1992-1993.jpg  Poland Prime Minister 11 July 1992 25 October 1993 1 year, 106 days
Tansu Çiller No image.svg  Turkey Prime Minister 13 June 1993 6 March 1996 2 years, 267 days
Kim Campbell KimCampbell.jpg  Canada Prime Minister 25 June 1993 4 November 1993 132 days
Sylvie Kinigi No image.svg  Burundi Prime Minister 10 July 1993 27 October 1993 109 days
Agathe Uwilingiyimana No image.svg  Rwanda Prime Minister 18 July 1993 7 April 1994 263 days
Benazir Bhutto Benazir Bhutto.jpg  Pakistan Prime Minister 19 October 1993 5 November 1996 3 years, 17 days
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga As The President of Sri Lanka.jpg  Sri Lanka Prime Minister 19 August 1994 12 November 1994 85 days
Reneta Indzhova No image.svg  Bulgaria Acting Prime Minister 17 October 1994 25 January 1995 100 days
Claudette Werleigh No image.svg  Haiti Prime Minister 7 November 1995 27 February 1996 112 days
Sheikh Hasina Sheikh Hasina, Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh (cropped).jpg  Bangladesh Prime Minister 12 June 1996 15 July 2001 5 years, 33 days
Janet Jagan Janet Jagan.png  Guyana Prime Minister 6 December 1997 11 August 1999 1 year, 327 days
Jenny Shipley Jenny Shipley.jpg  New Zealand Prime Minister 5 December 1997 5 December 1999 2 years, 0 days
Anne Enger Lahnstein Anne Enger crop splm13.jpg  Norway Acting Prime Minister 30 August 1998 23 September 1998 24 days
Irena Degutienė DegutieneIrena.JPG  Lithuania Acting Prime Minister 4 May 1999 18 May 1999 14 days
Nyam-Osoryn Tuyaa No image.svg  Mongolia Acting Prime Minister 22 July 1999 30 July 1999 8 days
Irena Degutienė DegutieneIrena.JPG  Lithuania Acting Prime Minister 27 October 1999 3 November 1999 7 days
Helen Clark Helen Clark UNDP 2010.jpg  New Zealand Prime Minister 5 December 1999 19 November 2008 8 years, 350 days
Mame Madior Boye No image.svg  Senegal Prime Minister 3 March 2001 4 November 2002 1 year, 246 days
Khaleda Zia Khaleda Zia.jpg  Bangladesh Prime Minister 1 October 2001 29 October 2006 5 years, 28 days
Chang Sang No image.svg  South Korea Acting Prime Minister 11 July 2002 31 July 2002 20 days
Maria das Neves No image.svg  São Tomé and Príncipe Prime Minister 3 October 2002 18 September 2004 1 year, 351 days
Anneli Jäätteenmäki Jäätteenmäki Anneli 2014-02-06 1.jpg  Finland Prime Minister 17 April 2003 24 June 2003 68 days
Beatriz Merino Beatrizmerino.jpg  Peru President of the Council of Ministers[a] 28 June 2003 15 December 2003 170 days
Luísa Diogo Luisa Dias Diogo - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009 crop.jpg  Mozambique Prime Minister 17 February 2004 16 January 2010 5 years, 333 days
Radmila Šekerinska Radmila Sekerinska (cropped).jpg  Macedonia Acting Prime Minister 12 May 2004 12 June 2004 31 days
Radmila Šekerinska Radmila Sekerinska (cropped).jpg  Macedonia Acting Prime Minister 3 November 2004 15 December 2004 42 days
Yulia Tymoshenko Yulia Tymoshenko 2011.jpg  Ukraine Prime Minister 24 January 2005 6 September 2005 225 days
Cynthia Pratt No image.svg  Bahamas Acting Prime Minister 4 May 2005 6 June 2005 32 days
Maria do Carmo Silveira No image.svg  São Tomé and Príncipe Prime Minister 8 June 2005 21 April 2006 317 days
Angela Merkel Angela Merkel February 2015.jpg  Germany Chancellor 22 November 2005 Incumbent 11 years, 28 days
Portia Simpson-Miller Portia Miller Shoot.Jpeg  Jamaica Prime Minister 30 March 2006 11 September 2007 1 year, 165 days
Han Myeong-sook Han Myeong Sook 2006.png  South Korea Prime Minister 19 April 2006 7 March 2007 322 days
Yulia Tymoshenko Yulia Tymoshenko 2011.jpg  Ukraine Prime Minister 18 December 2007 3 March 2010 2 years, 75 days
Zinaida Greceanîi Zinaida Greceanîi.jpg  Moldova Prime Minister 31 March 2008 14 September 2009 1 year, 167 days
Michèle Pierre-Louis Michèle Pierre-Louis-2009 (2).jpg  Haiti Prime Minister 5 September 2008 11 November 2009 1 year, 67 days
Sheikh Hasina Sheikh Hasina, Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh (cropped).jpg  Bangladesh Prime Minister 6 January 2009 Incumbent 7 years, 349 days
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir Islands statsminister Johanna Sigurdardottir vid pressmote under Nordiska radets session i Stockholm 2009 (2).jpg  Iceland Prime Minister 1 February 2009 23 May 2013 4 years, 111 days
Jadranka Kosor Jadranka Kosor 26052011 crop.jpg  Croatia Prime Minister 6 July 2009 23 December 2011 2 years, 170 days
Cécile Manorohanta No image.svg  Madagascar Acting Prime Minister 18 December 2009 20 December 2009 2 days
Kamla Persad-Bissessar Kamla Persad-Bissesar 2013.jpg  Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister 26 May 2010 9 September 2015 5 years, 106 days
Mari Kiviniemi Finlands statsminister Mari Kiviniemi, Nordiska radets session 201.jpg  Finland Prime Minister 22 June 2010 22 June 2011 1 year, 0 days
Julia Gillard Julia Gillard 2010.jpg  Australia Prime Minister 24 June 2010 27 June 2013 3 years, 3 days
Iveta Radičová Iveta Radičová (jan. 2012).jpg  Slovakia Prime Minister 8 July 2010 4 April 2012 1 year, 271 days
Rosario Fernández ROSARIO FERNANDEZ02.jpg  Peru President of the Council of Ministers[a] 19 March 2011 28 July 2011 131 days
Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé No image.svg  Mali Prime Minister 3 April 2011 22 March 2012 354 days
Yingluck Shinawatra 9153ri-Yingluck Shinawatra.jpg  Thailand Prime Minister 3 July 2011 7 May 2014 2 years, 308 days
Helle Thorning-Schmidt Danmarks statsminister Helle Thorning-Schmidt vid de nordiska statsministrarnas mote vid Nordiska Radets session i Kopenhamn (1).jpg  Denmark Prime Minister 3 October 2011 28 June 2015 3 years, 268 days
Portia Simpson-Miller Portia Miller Shoot.Jpeg  Jamaica Prime Minister 5 January 2012 3 March 2016 4 years, 58 days
Adiato Djaló Nandigna No image.svg  Guinea-Bissau Acting Prime Minister 10 February 2012 12 April 2012 62 days
Alenka Bratušek Alenka Bratušek 2013-06-10.jpg  Slovenia Prime Minister 20 March 2013 18 September 2014 1 year, 182 days
Sibel Siber Sibel Siber (cropped).jpg  Northern Cyprus Prime Minister 13 June 2013 2 September 2013 81 days
Tatiana Turanskaya Татьяна Туранская.jpg  Transnistria Prime Minister 10 June 2013 13 October 2015 2 years, 125 days
Aminata Touré No image.svg  Senegal Prime Minister 1 September 2013 8 July 2014 310 days
Erna Solberg Erna Solberg - 2013-08-10 at 12-58-32.jpg  Norway Prime Minister 16 October 2013 Incumbent 3 years, 65 days
Laimdota Straujuma Laimdota Straujuma 2014.jpg  Latvia Prime Minister 22 January 2014 11 February 2016 2 years, 20 days
Ana Jara Ana Jara.jpg  Peru President of the Council of Ministers[a] 22 July 2014 2 April 2015 254 days
Ewa Kopacz Premier Ewa Kopacz.jpg  Poland Prime Minister 22 September 2014 16 November 2015 1 year, 55 days
Florence Duperval Guillaume Florence Duperval Guillaume.JPG  Haiti Acting Prime Minister 20 December 2014 16 January 2015 27 days
Saara Kuugongelwa Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.jpg  Namibia Prime Minister 21 March 2015 Incumbent 1 year, 274 days
Natalia Gherman NataliaGherman̠Wien.jpg  Moldova Acting Prime Minister 22 June 2015 30 July 2015 38 days
Vassiliki Thanou Vassiliki Thanou.jpg  Greece Acting Prime Minister 27 August 2015 21 September 2015 25 days
Maya Parnas Майя Парнас.jpg  Transnistria Acting Prime Minister 13 October 2015 30 November 2015 48 days
Beata Szydło Beata Szydlo 2015.jpg  Poland Prime Minister 16 November 2015 Incumbent 1 year, 34 days
Tatiana Turanskaya Татьяна Туранская.jpg  Transnistria Prime Minister 30 November 2015 2 December 2015 2 days
Maya Parnas Майя Парнас.jpg  Transnistria Acting Prime Minister 2 December 2015 23 December 2015 21 days
Aung San Suu Kyi Remise du Prix Sakharov à Aung San Suu Kyi Strasbourg 22 octobre 2013-18.jpg  Myanmar State Counsellor 6 April 2016 Incumbent 258 days
Theresa May Theresa May UK Home Office (cropped).jpg  United Kingdom Prime Minister 13 July 2016 Incumbent 160 days

Hillary Clinton – a sexist conspiracy cheated the world out of the first ever woman U.S. President.

Helen Clark – Aotearoa’s (NZ) lesbian Prime Minister for three terms and now head of the United Nations Development Program. Proof that in less discriminatory environments than the U.S. – women (especially LGBT+) quickly rise to the top.

Georgina Beyer – the world’s first transgender parliamentarian. Proof that it is only sexism that prevents trans-women from becoming the leaders that they naturally are.


*Donald Trump’s election win was largely due to Putin’s personal interference.


What a timely article! The AT keeps getting better and better. MDB should be charging a subscription fee. If you look at the chart in the recent article “A Comprehensive Breakdown Of Fake News Sites”, you will see that AT ranked above all other mainstream news organizations. If the good, but inferior news media (like the Wall Street Journal and New York Times) charge for subscriptions, why not Accredited Times?


That’s a good idea Sugarlock, but I want to use this as a place to educate the masses. Accredited news should be available to all.


2017 needs to be the year when fake news is banned, so that people remain informed with only accredited news. Fake news is an existential threat to progressivism.


That’s an impressive list of womens heads R&R, but I couldn’t help noticing all the missing ones in photos for countries like Haiti, Mali and Rwanda. If this isn’t primal facial evidence of womanicide, it must be another case of Russian hacking. AT should tighten up its cyber security.


I imagine Rich has pasted this from another source, so that source is probably prejudiced against womyn of color. We should investigate further and prosecute them in the international courts for racism and sexism.


Then AT should send its best legal mind to the international court of The Hague in Amsterdam to present the prima facial evidence. Now that would be one helluva trip!


Russian hacking? When the oppressive white man steps out of the way, Rwandans become prolific hackers.


Point taken trav777, but I can only give you one upvote!


America is still a racist and sexist nation deep down. They thought they could absolve themselves by electing Barrack, but they’re not fooling anyone. The whole world knows that America is more bigoted than ever after Donald Trump’s election.


Another hard hitting article Rich. It’s time for a womyn President of the United States. Womyn are naturally better leaders and are more focused and mature than men. Gender is a social construct but womyn are better than men!


you don’t have to have a vagina to be a woman!

Any more of this and I am flagging you for transphobia!


much is focused on the womyn angle but not so much on the white male angle.

white men have been, as lena dunham and her father talk about, horrible, and messing things up for a long time. Their extinction should be celebrated. White men have brought to us HORRIBLE oppressions like electric power, the automobile, electricity, and indoor plumbing. Who the hell wants these things? They were stolen from black people. Womyn hate them. Television, the telephone, the transistor, every form of computer technology, optics, math, internal combustion of several types, heavier than air flight…and on and on. Where/when will the oppression by white males stop?!?!? It’s enough to make one get triggered and need to retreat to a safe space.


Automobiles create carbon dioxide, which is a well-known pollutant and greenhouse gas


Not surprisingly, the first female President in the Americas, Isabel Martínez de Perón, was forced out by the Patriarchy in a military coup! And the war against women in Argentina of course continues. White New York Capitalists like Paul Singer, another keeper of the Patriarchy, uses back door assaults on Female heads of state like Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Is anyone really surprised by this? Exactly like what they have done to Hillary Clinton, as if they are all members of some vast old boys club conspiracy, which I think they just may be.