Margaret Thatcher

2nd female leader, not the 1st, may show how progressive an electorate is

With Hillary Clinton's defeat, the U.S. is still waiting for its first woman president in 228 years of nationhood. The world's largest economy can claim many landmarks, but on this score it's lagging way behind.

India, Israel, and Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) had female heads of government before the end of the 1960s. In the intervening decades, more than 60 countries have followed suit.

The World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report from October sheds some light on a society's attitude toward women and leadership.

Only a third of the countries that have been run by a woman have later put another woman in charge, often not until decades later. Some social psychologists...