Without any family ties to politics (in fact, her father repaired cars for a living), Taiwan’s first woman president was elected in a landslide to improve the nation’s economy.
Tsai Ing-wen, a lawyer who had never been elected to any public office, won the presidency last week taking 56% of the popular vote. She joins a very small club of around two dozen world leaders who are women.
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She was recognized for cleaning up corruption in the Democratic Progressive Party after becoming its chairperson in 2008, and, in a highly traditional country, has spoken out for marriage equality and LGBT rights.
The cat-loving, wine-drinking, law professor had run for mayor of New Taipei in 2010, but lost. Instead, she served as chairperson of the Fair Trade Commission and a consultant to Tiawan’s Mainland Affairs Council and National Security Council.
Those jobs have given her a reputation as a tough and skilled negotiator, but she likes to unwind at the end of the day with her two cats, Tsai Hsiang Hsiang and Ah Tsai, reading a book and enjoying a glass of wine.
(READ more at The Telegraph) — Photo: VOA
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