2. Corazon Aquino

This incredible lady was not only the first female president of the Philippines, but also the first female president in Asia. After her husband was assassinated, she emerged as leader of the opposition and led the country to revolution. As President, she limited presidential powers and gave power to the people, and emphasized the importance of human rights and civil liberties. She also managed to keep the peace over the years, despite the prevalence of Communist insurgencies and Islamist secession movements, achieving something that very few leaders ever have.

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