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'Who Run the World?' Women Dominate UK Politics in Post-Brexit Chaos

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The Brexit fallout for British political figures has continued with Theresa May to be the next prime minister and Angela Eagle to challenge Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership. Amid the political chaos and series of resignations, women have taken center stage in UK politics.

Following the resignation of Andrea Leadsom from the Conservative Party leadership race, outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron announced that May — the Home Secretary of six years — would be sworn in as PM on Wednesday afternoon, making her only the second woman to hold office in the UK after Margaret Thatcher.

This latest development, which coincides with the launch of Angela Eagle's campaign to unseat Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party, has highlighted the increasing presence of women in British politics.

​Circumstances pending, the UK is facing a very possible scenario whereby the prime minister, leader of the opposition, First Minister of Scotland and First Minister of Northern Ireland are all women — with women also leading the Green Party, Plaid Cymru and the Scottish Conservative and Scottish Labour parties.

Theresa May

The Home Secretary will become the next British prime minister after Andrea Leadsom pulled out of the race to become Conservative party leader.

© REUTERS / Peter NichollsBritain's Home Secretary, Theresa May, arrives in Downing Street in central London, Britain June 27, 2016.
Britain's Home Secretary, Theresa May, arrives in Downing Street in central London, Britain June 27, 2016. - Sputnik International
Britain's Home Secretary, Theresa May, arrives in Downing Street in central London, Britain June 27, 2016.

Angela Eagle

Perhaps dogged by the timing of Andrea Leadsom's resignation from the Conservative leadership race, the former Shadow First Secretary of State launched her bid to become the Labour party's leader on Monday.

​This will trigger a leadership election for the Labour party, where members will choose to either keep current leader Jeremy Corbyn or vote for Eagle to take over as opposition leader.

Nicola Sturgeon

The leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) has been the First Minister of Scotland since November 2014, leading the SNP to a near whitewash of Scottish seats in last year's UK general election.

​A strong performer in debates, Sturgeon has led calls for Scotland to remain in the EU following the British public's decision to vote to the union.

Arlene Foster

Perhaps lesser known internationally, Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster in January became the first woman to hold the position of First Minister of Northern Ireland, operating in a joint power-sharing role with Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness.

Natalie Bennett

The UK's Green Party have a strong history of female leaders with Natalie Bennett taking over the party's leadership from Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas in 2012.

​Bennett led the Greens to last year's election but has announced she will stand down from the position at the end of her term in August.

Leanne Wood

Not to be outdone by the other Home Nations, Wales also has a prominent female political leader in Leanne Wood, head of the Welsh party Plaid Cymru.

​Wood has held the position since 2012, becoming the first woman to be elected as leader and the first non-fluent Welsh speaker leading the party.

Ruth Davidson

The Scottish Conservatives leader has been at the helm since 2011, leading the party to an historic second place finish in this year's Scottish Parliament elections.

​Apart form being a trailblazer for female political figures in Scotland, Davidson has also become a spokesperson for LGBT rights after announcing her engagement to partner Jen Wilson in May.

Kezia Dugdale

Making it a clean sweep for female major party leaders in Scotland is the Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, who has held the post since August last year.

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