Samia Nkrumah (b. 1960) is the
chairperson of the Convention People’s Party in Ghana. She is the first woman
in the country to head a major political party.
She studied at the University of
London before returning to Ghana to head the CCP and continue its tradition of
upholding women’s rights in the country. She co-founded the organisation Africa Must Unite and was named ‘the new
Mandela’ by the Huffington Post.
Evangelina Estrada Kalaw (1920-2017)
served as a state senator in the Philippines during Ferdinand Marcos. She was
one of the main opponents of the authoritarian ruler and was instrumental in
his eventual downfall.
She taught at several universities in the
country, and was involved with numerous civic and social organisations such as
the League of Women Voters or the Youth Welfare Council. She was one of the few
brave enough to criticize the administration, and was imprisoned and even
attacked with hand grenades as a result. Her efforts were recognised with the
Mahatma Gandhi Freedom Award in 1985.
Patricia Roberts Harris (1924-1985) was the first African American woman in the United States Cabinet, as well as in the line of presidential succession. She was the US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and later Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare during the Carter administration.
Before starting her political career, she was Assistant Director of the American Council on Human Rights, and worked for the US Department of Justice. In 1965, she became Ambassador to Luxembourg, the first African-American woman to obtain this type of diplomatic position.
In a monumental decision that will resonate through election season, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted 52-47 to reinstate the net neutrality protections the Federal Communications Commission decided to repeal last December.
Madeleine Albright (b. 1937) is a diplomat and politician. In 1997 she became the first woman to serve as US Secretary of State.
She obtained her PhD from Columbia in 1975. Her first diplomatic posting was in 1993, when she was named US Ambassador to the United Nations. At the time of her appointment as Secretary of State, she became the most powerful woman in US history.