Temporaries, Tokens, and Ceremonial Leaders
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Still other women have assumed the top political post on a temporary, acting, or interim basis. In a sense, leaders such as Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Indira Gandhi, and Golda Meir were viewed by the politicians who supported their candidacies as filling temporary positions, but these three stretched their tenure in office much beyond what was expected. Bandaranaike in 3 separate terms served approximately 17 years, Gandhi remained in office for more than 15 years, and Meir served almost 5 years.
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