On 25 April 1990, Violeta Chamorro was sworn in as President of Nicaragua. She was the first female President in the Americas to have come to power under a free election.
Chamorro led the country for seven years, overseeing the end of the civil war between the Sandinistas (Marxist revolutionary government forces) and the Contras (US-backed counter-revolutionary forces).
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28 March 1900, Queen Yaa Asantewaa addressed the remnants of the
Ashanti government in Kumasi, in modern-day Ghana.
I must say this: if you, the men of Asante will not go forward, then we will. We, the women, will. I shall call upon my fellow women. We will fight! We will fight till the last of us falls in the battlefields.
words galvanised the Ashanti Confederacy, starting their final war
against British colonialism on the Gold Coast. The Ashanti leaders
chose Yaa Asantewaa to be the war-leader, the first woman to hold the
post, and an army of several thousand was placed at her command.
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