List of female speakers of national and territorial lower houses

Summary

This list presents female speakers of national and territorial lower houses of their respective countries or territories. The lower house is one of two chambers in a bicameral legislature. The lower house has more power than the upper house. It usually has the power to impeach the executive in presidential republics or remove the prime minister in semi-presidential republics. Its members are elected by popular votes, compared to the upper house members who are usually appointed.

NationalEdit

  Denotes incumbent speaker
Name Image Country Legislative Body Mandate start Mandate end Term length
Ragnhildur Helgadóttir     Iceland Lower House of the Althing 1961 1962 1 year, 0 days
1974 1978 4 years, 0 days
Annemarie Renger     West Germany Bundestag 13 December 1972 14 December 1976 4 years, 1 day
Elisabeth Blunschy      Switzerland National Council 2 May 1977 28 November 1977 210 days
Nilde Iotti     Italy Chamber of Deputies 20 June 1979 22 April 1992 12 years, 307 days
Lidia Gueiler Tejada     Bolivia Chamber of Deputies August 1979 November 1979 92 days
Jeanne Sauvé     Canada House of Commons 14 April 1980 15 January 1984 3 years, 276 days
Hedi Lang      Switzerland National Council 28 November 1981 28 November 1982 1 year, 0 days
Lindsay Bolden     Barbados House of Assembly 1984 1986 2 years, 0 days
Joan Child     Australia House of Representatives 11 February 1986 28 August 1989 3 years, 198 days
Rita Süssmuth     Germany Bundestag 25 November 1988 26 October 1998 9 years, 335 days
María Maluenda     Chile Chamber of Deputies 11 March 1990 11 March 1990 0 days
Occah Seapaul     Trinidad and Tobago House of Representatives 13 January 1992 27 November 1995 3 years, 318 days
Betty Boothroyd     United Kingdom House of Commons 27 April 1992 23 October 2000 8 years, 179 days
Gret Haller      Switzerland National Council 28 November 1993 28 November 1994 1 year, 0 days
Takako Doi     Japan House of Representatives 6 August 1993 27 September 1996 3 years, 52 days
Bridgett Harris     Antigua and Barbuda House of Representatives 1994 29 March 2004 10 years, 88 days
Irene Pivetti     Italy Chamber of Deputies 16 April 1994 8 May 1996 2 years, 22 days
Frene Ginwala     South Africa National Assembly 9 May 1994 23 April 2004 9 years, 350 days
Judith Stamm      Switzerland National Council 1996 1997 1 year, 0 days
Violet Nielson     Jamaica House of Representatives 1997 2003 6 years, 0 days
Rome Italia Johnson     Bahamas House of Assembly 9 April 1997 22 May 2002 5 years, 43 days
Sylvia Flores     Belize House of Representatives 1998 2001 3 years, 0 days
Trix Heberlein      Switzerland National Council 1998 1999 1 year, 0 days
Jeltje van Nieuwenhoven     Netherlands Tweede Kamer 20 May 1998 16 May 2002 3 years, 361 days
Ntlhoi Motsamai     Lesotho National Assembly 1999 2012 13 years, 0 days
10 March 2015 12 June 2017 2 years, 94 days
Rafaela Alburquerque     Dominican Republic Chamber of Deputies 16 August 1999 16 August 2003 4 years, 0 days
Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez     Colombia Chamber of Representatives 20 July 1999 20 July 2000 1 year, 0 days
Luisa Fernanda Rudi     Spain Congress of Deputies 5 April 2000 8 April 2004 4 years, 3 days
Elizabeth Zabaneh     Belize House of Representatives 2001 2008 7 years, 0 days
Liliane Maury Pasquier      Switzerland National Council 28 November 2001 28 November 2002 1 year, 0 days
Adriana Muñoz D'Albora     Chile Chamber of Deputies 17 March 2002 17 March 2003 1 year, 0 days
Isabel Allende     Chile Chamber of Deputies 11 March 2003 11 March 2004 1 year, 0 days
Giselle Isaac-Arindell     Antigua and Barbuda House of Representatives 29 March 2004 June 2014 10 years, 64 days
Baleka Mbete     South Africa National Assembly 23 April 2004 25 September 2008 4 years, 155 days
21 May 2014 22 May 2019 5 years, 1 day
Zulema Jattin Corrales     Colombia Chamber of Representatives 20 July 2004 20 July 2005 1 year, 0 days
Nora Castro     Uruguay Chamber of Deputies 1 March 2005 1 March 2006 1 year, 0 days
Thérèse Meyer      Switzerland National Council 8 March 2005 28 November 2005 265 days
Barbara Prammer     Austria National Council 30 October 2006 2 August 2014 7 years, 276 days
Christine Egerszegi      Switzerland National Council 28 November 2006 28 November 2007 1 year, 0 days
Gerdi Verbeet     Netherlands Tweede Kamer 6 December 2006 20 September 2012 5 years, 289 days
Nancy Pelosi     United States House of Representatives 4 January 2007 3 January 2011 3 years, 364 days
3 January 2019 Incumbent 3 years, 219 days
Sarah Flood-Beaubrun     Saint Lucia House of Assembly 9 January 2007 September 2008 1 year, 236 days
Patricia Etteh     Nigeria House of Representatives 6 June 2007 30 October 2007 146 days
Diloram Tashmukhamedova     Uzbekistan Legislative Chamber 23 January 2008 12 January 2015 6 years, 354 days
Fahmida Mirza     Pakistan National Assembly 19 March 2008 3 June 2013 5 years, 76 days
Rosemary Husbands-Mathurin     Saint Lucia House of Assembly September 2008 6 January 2012 3 years, 127 days
Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde     South Africa National Assembly 25 September 2008 6 May 2009 223 days
Rose Mukantabana     Rwanda Chamber of Deputies 6 October 2008 3 October 2013 4 years, 362 days
Chiara Simoneschi-Cortesi      Switzerland National Council 28 November 2008 28 November 2009 1 year, 0 days
Roberta Anastase     Romania Chamber of Deputies 19 December 2008 3 July 2012 3 years, 197 days
Meira Kumar     India Lok Sabha 4 June 2009 4 June 2014 5 years, 0 days
Ivonne Passada     Uruguay Chamber of Deputies 1 March 2010 1 March 2011 1 year, 0 days
Alejandra Sepúlveda     Chile Chamber of Deputies 11 March 2010 15 March 2011 1 year, 4 days
Miroslava Němcová     Czechia Chamber of Deputies 1 May 2010 28 August 2013 3 years, 119 days
Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert     Jamaica House of Representatives 13 July 2011 12 December 2011 152 days
15 September 2020 Incumbent 1 year, 329 days
Ewa Kopacz     Poland Sejm 8 November 2011 22 September 2014 2 years, 318 days
Betty Tejada     Bolivia Chamber of Deputies 24 July 2012 25 January 2015 2 years, 185 days
Anouchka van Miltenburg     Netherlands Tweede Kamer 25 September 2012 12 December 2015 3 years, 78 days
Anna Burke     Australia House of Representatives 9 October 2012 12 November 2013 1 year, 34 days
Maya Graf      Switzerland National Council 28 November 2012 28 November 2013 1 year, 0 days
Laura Boldrini     Italy Chamber of Deputies 16 March 2013 22 March 2018 5 years, 6 days
Donatille Mukabalisa     Rwanda Chamber of Deputies 5 October 2013 Incumbent 8 years, 309 days
Bronwyn Bishop     Australia House of Representatives 12 November 2013 2 August 2015 1 year, 263 days
Sumitra Mahajan     India Lok Sabha 5 June 2014 17 June 2019 5 years, 12 days
Doris Bures     Austria National Council 2 September 2014 9 November 2017 3 years, 68 days
Gabriela Montaño     Bolivia Chamber of Deputies 25 January 2015 24 January 2019 3 years, 364 days
Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska     Poland Sejm 25 June 2015 11 November 2015 139 days
Borjana Krišto     Bosnia and Herzegovina House of Representatives 9 August 2015 8 April 2016 243 days
9 August 2017 8 April 2018 242 days
6 December 2018 5 August 2019 242 days
6 December 2020 5 August 2021 242 days
Bridgid Annisette-George     Trinidad and Tobago House of Representatives 23 September 2015 Incumbent 6 years, 321 days
Christa Markwalder      Switzerland National Council 28 November 2015 28 November 2016 1 year, 0 days
Khadija Arib     Netherlands Tweede Kamer 13 December 2015 7 April 2021 5 years, 115 days
Leonne Theodore-John     Saint Lucia House of Assembly 12 July 2016 20 March 2018 1 year, 251 days
Ana Pastor Julián     Spain Congress of Deputies 19 July 2016 21 May 2019 2 years, 306 days
Lucía Medina     Dominican Republic Chamber of Deputies 16 August 2016 16 August 2017 1 year, 0 days
Laura Tucker-Longsworth     Belize House of Representatives 13 January 2017 6 October 2020 3 years, 267 days
Guadalupe Murguía Gutiérrez     Mexico Chamber of Deputies 1 March 2017 7 September 2017 190 days
Elisabeth Köstinger     Austria National Council 9 November 2017 18 December 2017 39 days
Maya Fernández Allende     Chile Chamber of Deputies 11 March 2018 19 March 2019 1 year, 8 days
Gülşat Mämmedowa     Turkmenistan Assembly[a 1] 30 March 2018 Incumbent 4 years, 133 days
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo     Philippines House of Representatives 23 July 2018 30 June 2019 342 days
Marina Carobbio Guscetti      Switzerland National Council 26 November 2018 2 December 2019 1 year, 6 days
Fawzia Zainal     Bahrain House of Representatives 12 December 2018 Incumbent 3 years, 241 days
Cecilia Bottino     Uruguay Chamber of Representatives 1 March 2019 14 February 2020 350 days
Jeannine Mabunda     DR Congo National Assembly 24 April 2019 Incumbent 3 years, 108 days
Meritxell Batet     Spain Congress of Deputies 21 May 2019 Incumbent 3 years, 81 days
Thandi Modise     South Africa National Assembly 22 May 2019 5 August 2021 2 years, 75 days
Elżbieta Witek     Poland Sejm 9 August 2019 Incumbent 3 years, 1 day
Puan Maharani     Indonesia People's Representative Council 1 October 2019 Incumbent 2 years, 313 days
Isabelle Moret      Switzerland National Council 2 December 2019 30 November 2020 364 days
Eliane Tillieux     Belgium Chamber of Representatives 13 October 2020 Incumbent 1 year, 301 days
Valerie Woods     Belize House of Representatives 11 December 2020 Incumbent 1 year, 242 days
Vera Bergkamp     Netherlands Tweede Kamer 7 April 2021 Incumbent 1 year, 125 days
Jennifer Arias     Colombia Chamber of Representatives 20 July 2021 20 July 2022 1 year, 0 days
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula     South Africa National Assembly 19 August 2021 Incumbent 356 days
Patricia Deveaux     Bahamas House of Assembly 6 October 2021 Incumbent 308 days
Bärbel Bas     Germany Bundestag 26 October 2021 Incumbent 288 days
Markéta Pekarová Adamová     Czechia Chamber of Deputies 10 November 2021 Incumbent 273 days
Irène Kälin      Switzerland National Council 29 November 2021 Incumbent 254 days
Urška Klakočar Zupančič     Slovenia National Assembly 13 May 2022 Incumbent 89 days
Yaël Braun-Pivet     France National Assembly 28 June 2022 Incumbent 43 days
Cecilia Moreau     Argentina Chamber of Deputies 2 August 2022 Incumbent 8 days
  1. ^ Until the creation of the National Council in 2021, the Assembly of Turkmenistan was the sole legislative chamber in the country.

TerritorialEdit

Name Image Territory Legislative Body Mandate start Mandate end Term length
María L. Gómez Garriga     Puerto Rico House of Representatives 1945 1945 ?
Zaida Cucusa Hernández     Puerto Rico House of Representatives 11 January 1993 12 December 1996 3 years, 355 days
Jenniffer González     Puerto Rico House of Representatives 12 January 2009 1 January 2013 3 years, 355 days

See alsoEdit