1. POWERFUL WOMEN

    Denmark Elects First Female PM

    Helle Thorning-Schmidt, leader of the Danish Social Democrats and likely to be new prime minister talks to her party fellows after her coalition won the election in Copenhagen,  Denmark Thursday Sept. 15th 2011. Denmark has elected its first female prime minister, ousting the right-wing government from power after 10 years of pro-market reforms and ever-stricter controls on immigration.

    Krabbe Lars / AP Photo

    Denmark’s general election marks the beginning of a new era in Danish politics. Not only will Social Democrat Helle Thorning-Schmidt become the country’s first female prime minister, her center-left cabinet will replace the right-wing government that’s held power for 10 years. Thorning-Schmidt ran on a bid to raise taxes, increase government spending, and lift some of the current conservative administration’s austerity measures.

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