Croatia's First Woman President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, & 6 More Female Heads Of State Who Made History

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History was made on Sunday when, by the narrowest of margins, Croatia elected its first female president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, beating out incumbent Ivo Josipovic by a mere 1 percent of votes. Croatia, the newest member of the European Union, has a weak economy with its nearly 20 percent unemployment rate and, even more worryingly, a 41.5 percent youth unemployment rate. Hopefully Grabar-Kitarovic, the 46-year-old former foreign minister of Croatia and assistant to the NATO secretary general, will be able to pull the country out of its economic woes.

But in case you were wondering, Grabar-Kitarovic is only one of a long list of badass female presidents and prime ministers around the world who have made history — here's a look at some of them.

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