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Friday, December 28, 2007

Women In Power, Assassinated

Lysistrata ("she who disbands armies"), is an anti-war Greek comedy, written in 411 BC by Aristophanes and in many ways fortells the fate of women who rise to power. Assassinated by her son, Lysistrata is representative of the courageous women in power who have tried to rule with justice and were killed for their efforts. These are the other women who have been assassinated for their prominence and their beliefs:

Indira Gandhi
Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi (1917-1984) was the Prime Minister of India for three consecutive terms from 1966 to 1977 and for a fourth term from 1980 until her assassination in 1984. She was India's first and to date only female prime minister.

Agathe Uwilingiyimana (1953-1994) was a Rwandan political figure. She served as Prime Minister of Rwanda from July 18, 1993 until her death on April 7, 1994. Her term was ended when she was assassinated during the opening stages of the Rwandan Genocide. She was Rwanda's first and to date only female prime minister.

In 1993, Sylvia Kinigi was the first woman to become Prime Minister of Burundi; she has since been assassinated.

And of course, Benazir Bhutto (1953-2007) was the Pakistani politician who chaired the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). Bhutto was the first woman elected to lead a Muslim state, having been twice elected Prime Minister of Pakistan. She was assassinated on December 27, 2007.

I may not be a lion but I am a lion's cub and I have a lion's heart.
Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603)

Timelines regarding women in politics can be found here:

International Women's Day

Keesings International Women in Politics

Brief History of the Filipino Women’s Struggle for Participation in Politics


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