From December 1990 to September 1997, Mary Robinson was President of Ireland. She was succeeded by Mary McAleese who served from November 1997 to November 2011. An entire generation in Ireland grew up under women presidents. That is remarkable. Éirinn go Brách!
These bios are from Wikipedia,
Mary Therese Winifred Robinson (née Bourke; Irish: Máire Bean Mhic Róibín; born 21 May 1944 in Ballina, County Mayo) served as the seventh, and first female, President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002.
Mary Patricia McAleese (/mækəˈliːs/; née Leneghan; Irish: Máire Pádraigín Mhic Ghiolla Íosa; born 27 June 1951) served as the eighth President of Ireland from 1997 to 2011. She was the second female president and was first elected in 1997 succeeding Mary Robinson, making McAleese the world’s first woman to succeed another as president. She was re-elected unopposed for a second term in office in 2004. McAleese is the first President of Ireland to have come from either Northern Ireland or Ulster.
Other women presidents: This website is celebrating five women presidents in honor of Women’s History Month and this Wikipedia page has an exhaustive list of female heads of state: List of elected and appointed female heads of state.
As for the United States, well … we’re not there … yet, but Hillary Clinton had a good week. Mary Robinson was preceded in office by President Patrick Hillery. Maybe we will have the luck of the Irish! May the wind be ever at her back!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!