The US is still yet to join the growing number of countries around the world with a female leader, which has now reached fifty.
US citizens will now have to wait at least another four years for a female president after Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in this year’s election.
There are currently 28 female heads of state worldwide, but there have been 50 in total since July 1960, with the first female leader elected in Sri Lanka. The list includes heads of government, elected heads of state and monarch’s. Of those fifty countries, 46 have had a female head of government who wasn’t a monarch.
Despite this, 34 countries have not elected a second female head of government.
The UK and it’s constituents have led the way for female heads of state, with Queen Anne, Queen Victoria and the reigning Queen Elizabeth. After Sri Lanka, India gained it’s first female prime minister of India in 1966 with Indira Gandhi. Three years later Golda Meir became Israel’s first female head of government.
The US could have joined the growing list of female leaders, but Hillary Clinton narrowly missed out on ending the 230-year streak of male presidents. In her impassioned concession speech, she addressed the support she gained from females during her campaigning:
“…And to all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me: I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion…
Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day someone will—and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.
And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams…”
Recent statistics have revealed that Clinton is on course to receive more votes than any other US presidential candidate in history except Barack Obama.