Research suggests that executive political office poses additional and different political challenges for women than legislative office. Yet, a few dozen women have attained their nations’ highest executive office. Surprisingly little research has been devoted to the experiences of these women world leaders. This study builds profiles of the women world leaders in the modern era and analyzes their backgrounds and political experiences in an effort to both identify commonalities among the women leaders and assess the challenges they faced on account of their sex.

Author Biography

Robert P. Watson, Associate Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University and editor of the journal White House Studies.

Alicia Jencik, Ph.D. student at the University of New Orleans studying political science and women’s studies

Judith A. Selzer, Ph.D. student in comparative studies at Florida Atlantic University