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Mrs. PRESIDENT…
WOMEN WHO GOVERN COUNTRIES
 
 

 

Title:

Mrs. PRESIDENT…
WOMEN WHO GOVERN COUNTRIES

Author:

LIDIA BALTRA

Size:

16x21 cms.

Pages:

198

Edition:

Marzo, 2006

ISBN:

956-8089-12-8

Subject Matter:

Biographies, gender, politics and histor

Cover: Couché 300 gr. A 4 colors with flap
Inside: Various Photographs included.

SUMMARY  

The ample margin of votes which made Michelle Bachelet the Country’s President astonished many people and made the majority proud. At last Chile took its democracy to new heights by electing a woman into the top post in government. Many women worldwide had tried it before without success. But 30 female leaders have succeeded this book is dedicated to them.

The book refers to the 15 women Prime Ministers who in Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania, took office between 1961 and 2006 as government leaders. It also refers to the women Presidents who, before Dr. Bachelet, swore in as heads of state in their respective countries and of the honor of adding her to this list. Among the members of this list is Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, of Liberia, the first women President in Africa. 

The book also looks into the obstacles that women have had to overcome worldwide ever since patriarchal rule became established early in human development, up until recently, at the start the twentieth Century, when women’s organized struggle in Europe and the United States achieved the right to vote. From here, women went from the right to chose to the right to be chosen for posts of representation in public service.

It wasn’t until the second half of the past Century that modern democratic regimes saw a woman reach the highest post as a leader of her people.  It was in Sri Lanka where Sirimavo Bandaranaike became Prime Minister. Others, such as Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir, Margareth Thatcher, Benazir Butto, Edith Cresson, Helen Clark and Angela Merkel, have followed.

As regards to Presidents, The world’s first was in South America and she was Estela Martínez de Perón. Other predecessors to Dr. Bachelet followed in this continent: Lidia Gueiler, Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, Eartha Pascal-Trouillot, Rosalía Arteaga, Janet Jagan and Mireya Moscoso. But only the Chilean doctor has been elected through direct popular vote, staying faithful to a feminine and horizontal leadership,   within what is heralded as a new style of politics.

A special chapter is devoted to Chilean women’s struggle to partake of public life, since achieving the right to vote in 1949, to reaching the post of President of the Republic in 2006, through the few that have succeeded in reaching Parliamentary or Government Posts.

Finally, the last chapter deals with the hurdles women must face when becoming involved in public life and aspiring to the top posts of relevance in the governments of their countries.

So, why so much effort? The effort is made to strengthen democracy and to make politics central to public activity, rendering it friendlier without overlooking efficiency.

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