8. DALIA GRYBAUSKAITE
Another powerful woman politician is Lithuania’s former President Dalia Grybauskaite who has been listed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the globe several times.
Born in 1956, Grybauskaite was in office as the eighth Lithuanian president from 2009 until July 2019. In 2014, she became the first-ever Lithuanian president to win a second election term in a row.
Prior to her position as president, Grybauskaite served as head of the ministries of finance and foreign affairs, and as the European Commissioner for budget and financial programming.
Grybauskaite is known for her strong and fearless criticism of more powerful politicians like her neighbor, Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Grybauskaite’s nickname is “the iron lady” and she earned it!
7. JOHANNA SIGURDARDOTTIR
The former Prime Minister of Iceland, Johanna Sigurdardottir, is a powerful woman who, through patience and hard work, paved her own path.
Born in 1942, Johanna Sigurdardottir’s education and early career life were far from the world of politics, however, fate works in mysterious ways.
Sigurdardottir worked as a flight attendant from 1962 to 1971 after she graduated from Iceland’s Commercial College.
Sigurdardottir was active during the trade union movement while presiding over the Icelandic Airlines’ Cabin Crew Association between 1966 and 1969 and over the Board of the Association of Former Stewardesses where she exhibited strong leadership skills.
Sigurdardottir’s interest in politics became full-fledged by the 1970s. In 1979, she served as a deputy speaker at the Parliament of Iceland. Soon, Sigurdardottir was appointed as the vice-chairman of the Social Democratic Pary and then as the Minister of Social Affairs.
Sigurdardottir was appointed Prime Minister in 2009 and enjoyed a successful, thriving career until her retirement in 2013.
Sigurdardottir is also ranked among the world’s most powerful women in Forbes list.