Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling: Women in Power Around the World

There's history in the making with the possibility for the first female President of the United States. 

If Hillary Clinton is elected president, she will be among many women around the world who have been the first in their position.

Take a look at the gallery above to see some of the women around the world who are breaking the political glass ceiling.

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Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany | After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Merkel joined the Christian Democratic Union political party and soon after was appointed to Helmut Kohl's cabinet as minister for women and youth. Merkel became the first female chancellor of Germany in 2005 and was elected to a second term in 2009. Photo Credit: Maurizio Gambarini/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile | Bachelet was the first female president of Chile serving from 2006-2010. Her father was arrested by Pinochet and died under torture. In 1975, Bachelet was also tortured but released into exile. She returned to Chile and entered politics after Pinochet was ousted. Photo Credit: CLAUDIO REYES/AFP/Getty Images

Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo | Yuriko Koike is the first female governor of Tokyo. Koike previously broke glass ceilings as Japan's first female defense chief and now is one of only three women currently serving as governor of one of the country's 47 prefectures. Photo Credit: Richard Atrero de Guzman/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Theresa May, Prime Minister of Britain | After being appointed by Queen Elizabeth II in July 2016, May became only the second female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after Margaret Thatcher. She is also the first female British Prime Minister of the 21st century. Photo Credit: Neil Hall - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia | Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the world's first elected black female president and Africa's first elected female head of state. She was inaugurated in 2006 and is also known as the "Iron Lady." Photo Credit: CORNELIUS POPPE/AFP/Getty Images

Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago | Persad-Bissessar is the country’s first female prime minister and she was in office from 2010-2015. She was also the first woman to serve as Attorney General. Photo Credit: Sean Drakes/LatinContent/Getty Images

Park Geun-hye, President of South Korea | In 1979, her father President Park Chung-hee, was assassinated. She became the nation’s first female president in 2013 and is said to strive for unity and prosperity for South Korea while maintaining caution when it comes to the threat of North Korean affairs. Photo Credit: Geoffroy Van der Hasselt/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images