Words from the World's First Women in Power

Even with all the heat that comes with any election season, it is important to slow down and remember the history that's being made.

Last night in particular, a woman participated in a presidential debate for the first time in American history.

But just as Hillary Clinton is doing this in the States, many have done so abroad.

Meet some of the women around the world who have shattered their nation's political ceilings, and see how their powerful words have made history.

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Sirivamo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka became the world's first female elected Prime Minister in 1960. "The Tamil people must accept the fact that the Sinhala majority will no longer permit themselves to be cheated of their rights." Photo Credit: Getty Images

Indira Gandhi became the first female prime minister of India in 1966. “Have a bias toward action — let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.” Photo Credit: Getty Images

Golda Meir was sworn in as Israel’s first female prime minister in 1969. "Whether women are better than men I cannot say — but I can say they are certainly no worse." Photo Credit: Getty Images

"Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher was sworn in as prime minister in the U.K. in 1979. "If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman." Photo Credit: Getty Images

Corazon Aquino became the Philippines' first female president in 1986. "I am not embarrassed to tell you that I believe in miracles." Photo Credit: Getty Images

Benazir Bhutto became the prime minister of Pakistan in 1988. "As a woman leader, I thought I brought a different kind of leadership. I was interested in women's issues, in bringing down the population growth rate... as a woman, I entered politics with an additional dimension — that of a mother." Photo Credit: Getty Images

Michelle Bachelet was appointed the first female president of Chile in 2006. "Women's strength, women's industry, women's wisdom are humankind's greatest untapped resource. The challenge then for U.N. Women is to show our diverse constituencies how this resource can be effectively tapped in ways that benefit us all." Photo Credit: Getty Images

Yuriko Koike is the first female governor of Tokyo, and was appointed in 2016. "This is a ground battle for reform! Let's change Japan!" Photo Credit: Getty Images

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, also known as the "Iron Lady" is the world's first elected black female president, inaugurated in 2006. "All girls know that they can be anything now. That transformation is to me one of the most satisfying things." Photo Credit: Getty Images