In previous generations, women’s involvement in politics was slim to none. Nowadays women in politics have been making up for lost time. The women below are just a few women from all over the globe who have made monumental strides in the world of politics.

Angela Merkel, Germany

Many have agreed unanimously that Angela Merkel is the most politically powerful woman in the world. In November of 2017, Forbes has named Merkel as most powerful women for the seventh consecutive year, and for the 12th time in total, The three-time Chancellor of Germany can be described as the backbone of the European Union. Merkel’s foreign policy has played a large part in strengthening European cooperation and international trade agreements.

Federica Mogherini, Italy

Former Italian minister of foreign affairs currently serves as High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union. Mogherini proves to be an instrumental member of the EU. In 2015 she was a key player in the prevention of the Iran nuclear deal and continued to bring meaning to her global leadership role. In her recent ventures, Mogherini has traveled to numerous countries to discuss climate change, terrorism, and inequality.

Tsai Ing-Wen, Taiwan

Tsai Ing-Wen made a significant career change from university professor to the first female president of Taiwan. In her term as president, Tsai has put into action a five-industry plan to help stimulate the economy and strengthen the industrial base of the country. Additionally, Tsai holds progressive views and is a strong advocate for social justice. She is supportive of minority groups, such as impoverished individuals, women, children, and even the LGBTQ community

Theresa May, U.K.

Theresa May is currently the second female Prime Minister to be serving in the United Kingdom. May will be responsible for guiding Britain in their exit from the European Union all while holding the government together. Since her rise to Prime Minister, Theresa May has been declared as the 14th most powerful person in the entire world.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf currently serves as the president of Libera. Sirleaf has been described as renown scholar and an advocate for women’s rights and peace. In 2011 Ellen won a Nobel Prize in recognition of her past peacebuilding work with women’s rights. Her dedication to and commitment to her work in has been recognized all over the world.