A combination of file photos created in London on August 8, 2016, shows Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi (L) and Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike in their respective cities. AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY
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Led by Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton and Theresa May, there have never been so many experienced and ambitious women in positions of influence, even if they remain heavily outnumbered. Clinton has already made history by becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party in her bid for the White House in November. Chancellor Angela Merkel has led Germany since 2005, while South Korea, Chile, Brazil, Bangladesh and Liberia are also led by women – as is the International Monetary Fund.But these leaders remain in a minority and their numbers are only gradually increasing. Past leaders include Indira Gandhi in India, Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan, and Argentina's Cristina Kirchner, while Aung San Suu Kyi is currently de facto leader of Myanmar.In Spain, which has been in political deadlock for months, the advent of more women could help bring a different style of politics, said Juan Jose Garcia Escribano, professor of political sociology at Spain's University of Murcia.
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