Sirimavo Bandaranaike is the first female Prime Minister of the world. She sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on 21 July 1960. She served three time as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1960-1965, 1970-1977, 1994-2000).
Bandaranaike was born on 17 April 1916. Her father Barnes Ratwatte was a politician and her mother Rosalind Hilda was an Ayurvedic physician. After graduating from a secondary school she was involved in social work. Her main focus was to improve the lives of women and girl children in rural areas of Sri Lanka.
She was married to S.W.R.D Bandaranaike who was a politician.He later became Prime minister of Sri Lanka. She started her political carrier being an informal advisor to him. She decided step into full time politics after S.W.R.D was shot by a Buddhist monk. She was elected the president of Freedom party in 1960. Later, after the huge victory of the party she was elected as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on 21 July 1960.
Bandaranaike held power during a period when women was not considered fit for holding key positions. She was instrumental in nationalizing some of the key sectors of the country and also in reducing socio- economic differences among the Sri Lankan people. Bandaranaike died on 10 October 2000 following a heart attack. She will be remembered globally for raising the perception of women capabilities.
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