56% of Rwanda’s legislative body is female – making them #1 in the world.
Iraq: 25% of parliament is female, making them #47.
Cuba: 45%; #3 overall.
Denmark (whose Queen Margrethe II is shown here with Ban Ki-moon) is #13 in the world, with 39% representation.
Uganda: 35% representation; #22 overall.
In Nepal, 33% of the nation’s legislative body is female (earning them the #25 ranking worldwide).
France is 40th overall, with female leaders comprising 27% of the parliament. Here, Ségolène Royal, the runner-up in the 2007 French presidential election.
Afghanistan’s national assembly is 28% female, earning them the 39th spot worldwide.
Here, Eva Perón (aka “Evita”) with visiting children. Argentina’s legislative assembly is 37% female, making it #18 overall
Israel’s Knesset is 20% female (81st overall). Here, Tzipi Livni, Minister of Justice in Israel.
38th overall, with 28% representation.
With 40% of legislative offices held by women, Nicaragua is ninth overall.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard (shown here in a viral video decrying sexism) is among the 25% of Australia’s parliament that is made up of women (they’re 50th overall).
Fifty-third overall, with 24%.
15. United Kingdom
In the UK, parliament is 23% female – 65th overall.
Their legislature is 31% female. Burundi is 33rd overall.
Here, Liu Yandong, China’s 2nd Vice Premier. As 75th overall, 21% of China’s legislative body is female.
Tajikistan is 86th overall, with 19% of its legislative body composed of female leaders.
Here, German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with her G8 counterparts in May 2012. One-third of Germany’s legislative body is female (26th overall).
Our neighbors to the North at 49th overall, with women leaders making up 25% of parliament. Here, Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, with Ban Ki-moon.
Sweden ranks #4 overall, with 45% of legislators. Here, Sweden’s Princess Madeleine.
The African nation of Lesotho comes in at number 41, with women making up 27% of its legislature. Here, Health Minister Mphu Ramatlapeng addresses the United Nations.
23. New Zealand
Ranked 30th overall, New Zealand’s legislature is 32% female. Here, then-Prime Minister Helen Clark visits the Pentagon in 2002.
24. Trinidad and Tobago
At 36th overall, Trinidad and Tobago’s legislature is 29% female. Here, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
25. South Sudan
Though independent only since 2011, South Sudan ranks 44th overall, as 27% of legislators are women.
Here, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, arrives in the United States in 1988. Pakistan’s legislative assembly is 23% female (64th place), which is nearly 30 places higher than the United States.
With 20% of its legislators being women, Bangladesh ranks 83rd overall. Here, Bangladeshi human rights activist Irene Khan.
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