Yingluck Shinawatra, 44, is expected to be elected Thailand's first woman prime minister tomorrow, joining the list of powerful Asian feminines who reached the pinnacle of their politics - some found it easy while others had to ride a slalom.
Among the Muslim nations, Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan, Sheik Hasina Wajed of Bangladesh and Megawati Sukarnoputri of Indonesia had risen to the occasion amidst Islamic principle that only men should lead or become leaders of nations.
Although their tenancy was short-lived, Megawati and Hasina were seen as among world leaders who managed to steer respective countries out of economic crisis and political instability. In some aspects, they were better than any man could do.
Benazir, being most popular among the Pakistanis and the West, came in twice and was killed in a bomb blast believed to have been planned by Muslim extremists who were against a woman's leadership.
Indira Ghandi had led India but was also murdered after launching a massive military offensive against the separatist Sikhs in Amritsar's Golden Temple during the mid 80s. Her daughter-in-law Sonia almost took over the cue after Rajiv Gandhi was killed in a bomb blast.
I remember Golda Meir of Israel, Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka and Corazon Aquino of the Philippines. Australia is also being led by a female PM Julia Gillard while New Zealand used to have one too.
'Luck's' Pheu Thai Party won a landslide victory over Abhisit Vejjajiva’s Democrats in July 3rd general elections, securing 265 seats and joining minor parties to hold a ruling majority of 300 seats in the 500-member House of Representatives.
A major challenge will be distancing herself from her brother Thaksin, who was ousted by a military coup and convicted of corruption charges and now lives in exile in Dubai.
Wish her all the best. (She is also quite attractive, isn't she?).
When will Malaysians have the chance to elect a woman PM? Personally, I think it won't happen although there is already someone acting as a Second Prime Minister. Any pick, guys?