Micheline Calmy-Rey: President of the Federal Council, Switzerland, 2007, 2011
Micheline Calmy-Rey was Switzerland’s second female President and the first Swiss woman to serve two terms as President. Before her election to President, she held the post of Vice-President of Switzerland. She also served as a member of the Swiss Federal Council from 2002 to 2011, where she headed the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. From 1981-1997 Calmy-Rey served as a representative in the Grand Council of the Canton of Geneva as a member of the Social Democratic Party, and was President of the Geneva section of the party from 1986-1990 and 1993-1997.