The world has a growing (but still tiny) amount of female leaders

Sheikh Hasina Wajed (R), Bangladesh's prime minister, shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Carsten Koall/Getty Images

The number-crunchers over at Pew Research Center have calculated that, while the number of female leaders across the world has doubled since 2005, it’s still a relatively small group. Right now, there are 18 female world leaders, including 12 female heads of government and 11 elected female heads of state (some are both), which means one in ten leaders of United Nations member states are women. Nevertheless, the number of countries that have been led by a woman remains small, and in many places, those women were in power for a short time. The World Economic Forum studied 142 nations and found that 63 have had a female head of government or state at some point in the last 50 years. In almost two thirds of those countries, however, a woman was in charge for less than 4 of those 50 years. Leading the pack are India, Ireland and Bangladesh, which have had women in power for 21 out of those 50 years. Female leadership has been most common in Nordic countries, although South and Southeast Asia and Latin America boast good numbers as well.

Read the full story at Pew Research Center.

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