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She might as well be Superwoman or Wonder Woman or some fabulous female super hero. But instead, Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Dora Bakoyiannis is a mere mortal.
She’s the first woman to hold this ministerial position in Greece, which makes her the highest-ranking woman ever to serve the modern Greek state. She is also a former mayor of Athens—the first woman to hold that position as well as the first woman to serve as mayor of a city hosting the Olympic Games. Her organizational savvy as mayor helped transform Athens into a more hospitable, tidier place in time for the Olympics.
As if all that wasn’t impressive enough, Ms. Bakoyiannis is fluent in four languages (Greek, English, French, and German) and also stands just over six feet tall. That’s 1.83 meters! Yowza!
The backstory: In 1989 Pavlos Bakoyiannis, her husband of 15 years and a member of Parliament, was assassinated by members of the “November 17″ terrorist group. Ms. Bakoyiannis stepped up her political career the following year by becoming Undersecretary of State, and she hasn’t looked back since.
If someone has to rule the world, we vote for Dora.