By S. V. Kirubaharan
Indira Gandhi of India was the first elected woman Prime Minister in the world. She became the third Prime Minister of India on 24 January 1966.
Of course Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Ceylon/Sri Lanka was the first Woman Prime Minister – 21 July 1960, and continued until 1965.
She reached this position through the upper house of Parliament, the Senate. Then Senator M. P. de Zoysa stepped down, facilitating
Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike appointment as Senator.
Mrs Srimavo Bandaranayake contested in parliamentary elections for the first time, only in March 1965 in Attanagala. In this election, she polled
26,150 votes. The UNP candidate got 9,615 votes.
Soon after this election, the UNP formed the government in Ceylon/Sri Lanka and was in power until 1970.
At the same time Indira Gandhi became the Prime Minister of India in 1966.
She won the Parliament elections in 1967 in Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh.