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Ladies in leadership: 10 percent of world leaders are women.

“You could grow up to be President,” says an oft-quoted quip. But do little girls stand the same odds as little boys of ever attaining such an office – in any country of this big, wide world?

In the United States, as American voters consider their prospective Presidential candidates for the 2016 election, only two women remain in the running at this point. In a bipartisan field of some 22 participants (as of this writing), former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton stands in the Democratic camp, while business leader Carly Fiorina squares off on the Republican side. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has opted not to run.

Reaching the top office of the land is a tall order for sure. And it may be an even tougher goal in the vast majority of the world’s domains.

A Pew Research Center study, with results published July 30, suggests only one in 10 of the world’s nations now have female leaders in their top slots. The study, examining the leadership of 142 United Nations member states, excluded figurehead monarchs, focusing exclusively on heads of state or heads of government.

The 18 countries currently led by women serving as heads of state, according to the Pew Research Center findings, include Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Central African Republic, Chile, Croatia, Germany, Jamaica, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Malta, Mauritius, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Switzerland, and Trinidad & Tobago.

The current total is apparently twice what it was a decade ago.

Maybe the glass ceiling theory does hold true – at least for top slots on the global scale.

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