12/05/2007 - On December 10, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will be inaugurated as Argentina's first female president. The senator and first lady will join 11 other women who currently serve as their countries' presidents or prime ministers, including Michelle Bachelet in neighboring Chile. But while women worldwide are making gains in all levels of government, the most recent Pew Global Attitudes survey of 46 countries and the Palestinian territories finds that publics around the world express mixed opinions about women and political leadership.
The countries of Western Europe, North America and Latin America generally include the highest proportions of respondents who rate men and women as equally good political leaders. Roughly two-thirds in Kirchner's country (68%) express that view, while 17% say men are better leaders and 9% prefer women. In the United States, fully three-quarters say men and women make equally good political leaders, and that opinion is even more widespread in Western Europe.
Read the full report How the World Rates Women as Leaders on the Pew Research Center Web site.