10 women who were political trailblazers

From Canada’s first female acting prime minister to the world’s first female head of state, here’s a look at women around the world who smashed the glass ceiling.

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According to UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, women only account for 22 percent of all parliamentarians globally. Despite that sad figure, women across the world have been smashing the glass ceiling on their way to political power for decades — Sri Lanka elected the world’s first female head of state in 1960. Even Canada has had a female prime minister, albeit for only four months. Here’s a little bit more about them, and eight other women who achieved historic firsts in the ultimate boys’ club — politics.

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