Thailand's First Female Prime Minister: 5 Things to Know About Yingluck Shinawatra

yingluck shinawatraWhen it comes to having a woman running the show, Thailand has beat us to the punch: Yingluck Shinawatra, a 44-year-old "political novice," assumed office as the first female prime minister of Thailand today. Named as a candidate for prime minister in May by her political party Pheu Thai, Ms. Yingluck's election win is being called a "landslide."

Personally, I'm thrilled by the news. One small step for Thailand, one giant leap for womankind! Of course, I can't pretend to be an expert on Thai politics. So I decided to find out a little bit more about this groundbreaking lady, and guess what? She's even cooler than I thought!

Read on to find out more about this fascinating woman ...


Ms. Yingluck isn't afraid to put male politicians in their place, insisting she's well qualified because she's a woman. "Females are the symbol of nonviolence," she said. "Another thing I would say is that a female is more compromising. A female can talk with anyone easily."

As a teen, Ms. Yingluck was both a beauty queen and the leader of her high school marching band. Smart, talented, and gorgeous.

Ms. Yingluck received her master's degree in public administration at Kentucky State University. Who woulda thought?

Ms. Yingluck is a savvy career woman who spent years working inside her family's business. She was chief executive of Thailand's largest mobile phone operator.

Her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister of Thailand, was ousted in a 2006 military coup and is now in self-imposed exile overseas.

What do you know about Yingluck Shinawatra?


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