First Woman President of Argentina elected 2007

With grace and dignity, the first woman elected as President of Argentina was inaugurated on December 10, 2007.  Prior to her election as President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner had earned a law degree and served as National Deputy and National Senator.   Her husband, also a lawyer, served as President in the previous administration, and greatly supported his wife’s candidacy. In November 2010, Time magazine named Fernández as one of the top ten female leaders in the world.  Fernández commented that, “Women bring a different face to politics. We see the big geopolitical picture but also the smaller, daily details of citizens’ lives. We’re wrapped up as much in what our daughter’s school principal says as we are in what the newspapers are saying.”  Fernández was reelected to a second term in October 2011.

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