Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir ranks second on Time’s list of the world’s top ten female leaders, which was published yesterday.
Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.
Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard tops the list and President of Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner ranks third.
The reason for Sigurdardóttir scoring so high is that she has more experience than any other parliamentarian in Iceland and for years has ranked among the country’s most popular politicians, Time explains.
She is also the first female head of government in Iceland and the first openly gay head of government in the world. It is also mentioned that the PM married her long-term partner earlier this year when new marital law took effect in Iceland.
Last year Sigurdardóttir placed 75th on Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most powerful women. Most of these women were involved in business; German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the only politician to make the top ten. Merkel ranked fifth in Time’s list, visir.is reports.