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Indira Gandhi and Benazir Bhutto: Women as Leaders in India and Pakistan

November 5, 2016
11:00 am
- 12:15 pm

Dudley H. Davis Center
Image of Benazir Bhutto from 1988
Please note: This talk is part of our 2016 Fall Conference. You must have registered for the conference to attend this event.

As the US considers electing its first female President in 2016, it is striking to note that India, Pakistan and other countries in South Asia had female prime ministers as early as the 1960s. Focusing on the examples of Indira Gandhi (PM of India from 1966-77 and 1980-84) and Benazir Bhutto (PM of Pakistan from 1988-90 and 1993-96), we will explore both why countries in the region embraced women in powerful political roles so early, and how women’s leadership on the national stage did and did not reshape political life.

Led by: Abigail McGowan, Associate Professor of History, University of Vermont


Photo: SRA Gerald B. Johnson, United States Department of Defense


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