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Liz Truss will be the third woman prime minister of the UK

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Liz Truss has been elected the prime minister of the UK. Truss will be the third woman PM of the country. She joins the club of over a dozen women heads of state in Europe. Some of them have made history by being the first female prime minister or president. 

Mette Frederiksen has been the prime minister of Denmark since 2019. She has also been the leader of the Social Democrats since 2015. she is the only woman to hold both positions. She is also the youngest prime minister the country has had. 

In January 2021, Kaja Kallas became Estonia's first female president. She became leader of the Reform Party in 2018 and has been a Member of Parliament since 2019.

Finland's Sanna Marin, who has been the country's PM since December 2019, is the youngest prime minister in the world.

Elisabeth Borne became the PM of France in May 2022. she is the second woman to hold the position.

Katerina Sakellaropoulou was elected Greece's first female president in January 2020. Sakellaropoulou, a trailblazer, is a lawyer and an environmental expert.

In May 2022, Katalin Novak became the first woman to be elected the president of Hungary.

Ingrida Šimonytė has been serving as the prime minister of Lithuania since December 2020. She has been a Member of the Seimas since 2016.

Zuzana Čaputová, a lawyer and environmental activist, is the first woman to become the prime minister of Slovakia. She has been holding the position since June 2019. 

Magdalena Andersson, a Social Democrat is the first woman to become the prime minister of Sweden. She was elected in November 2021.

Ana Brnabić is the first woman and openly gay person to become the prime minister of Serbia. She has been in office since 2017. 

Salome Zourabichvili has been the president of Georgia since December 2018. she is the first woman in the country to hold the position. 

Katrín Jakobsdóttir became the prime minister of Iceland in 2017. She has been a member of the Althing since 2017.

Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu is a jurist who is serving as the fifth and current President of Kosovo.

Both the prime minister and the president of the Republic of Moldova are women - Natalia Gavrilița and Maia Sandu. Sandu is also the first female president of the country.

Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon, in 2014, became the first minister of Scotland. She also became the leader of the Scottish National Party in the same year. She is the first woman to hold either position. 

Bonus: The president of the European Commission is also a woman - Ursula von der Leyen. She has been in office since 2019.

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