Monthly Archives: July 1960

21 July 1960 – Election of the world’s first woman Prime Minister

Ascending to the premiership of Ceylon, Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the first woman to ever hold the position of Prime Minister. The second General Election of 1960had given the Sri Lanka Freedom Party a comfortable victory with which to govern the country. At 4.30pm Mrs Bandaranaike took the oath of office as Prime Minister of Ceylon