Much of the World Has Had a Woman Leader. Why Not the US?
If Hillary Clinton wins the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday, the U.S. will join the roughly 50 percent of countries worldwide that have had a woman as the top national leader.
At least 79 countries have had an elected or appointed head of state or head of government, according data from the World Economic Forum. But there's a reason why feminists aren't celebrating.
While many countries have elected a national female leader, it's hardly an event that happens often. As of Nov. 1, there are only 16 countries where women are head of state or head of government, according to the U.N. – that's about 8 percent of the 193 countries recognized by the organization.