• Jane S. Jensen


Sirimavo Bandaranaike, a 44-year-old homemaker with relatively no political experience, in 1960 became prime minister of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), a small island located off the tip of India. Sensitive to her special place in history as the first woman to head a government in modern times, Bandaranaike, who followed in the footsteps of her late husband, remarked at a reception in London several months after she took office: “I have often been asked what it is to be the first woman prime minister. I must confess that this has given me a feeling of anxiety and trepidation. For, I do feel that if I fail in my office I will be letting down womankind. That has made me work with still greater determination.”1


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