From the day when women had to fight for their rights to vote till now, things have changed to a great extent. Women are becoming more and more fearless. Not only in business, offices, making home and life, science and technology, art and culture, but also women are making their countries, their world a better place by being fierce leaders. This series is about getting to know about them, knowing facts about them.

Tsai Ing-wen is serving as the President of the Taiwan 2016. The 62-year-old is a legal scholar, and a lawyer, and was named by Forbes as one of the most influential women in 2019 and ranked 41. She is the first president of aborginial descent and the first unmarried one as well.

Tsai Ing-wen

She received a law degree (1978) from National Taiwan University in Taipei and then attended Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and the London School of Economics, earning, respectively, master’s (1980) and doctorate (1984) degrees in law. President Tsai then returned to Taiwan, where until 2000 she taught law at universities in Taipei.

Before presidency, Tsai Ing-wen was trade-policy adviser in the administration of Pres. She was also appointed as chair of the Mainland Affairs Council of Democratic Progressive Party. In 2008, following the DPP’s loss in Taiwan’s presidential election, Tsai Ing-wen was chosen as the first woman president of the party. She successfully rebuilt the DPP after its defeat and was reelected to the post in 2010. Her administration has a focus on indigenous programs and also stated an electricity supply goal of 20% from renewables, 30% from coal and 50% from liquefied natural gas by 2025. Besides Forward Looking Infrastructure, Labor Reform, Judicial Reform, Pension Reform and other developing policies, Tsai Ing-wen has signed the passed bill of same-sex marriage in Taiwan in 2019.

President Tsai Ing-wen’s excellent leadership is visible to the world and is currently considered as ‘one of Taiwan’s finest heads of state.

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