Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranaike Biography

Prime Minister (1916–2000)
Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranaike was a Sri Lankan political leader, becoming the world’s first woman prime minister in 1960.


Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranaike was born on April 17, 1916, in Ratnapura, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), and wed S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike in 1940. Upon her husband’s assassination, Sirimavo became the head of his party and was elected prime minister in 1960, becoming the world’s first woman to hold the position. After being voted out, she served two more stints in the '70s and '90s. She died on October 10, 2000.

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