Britain’s next prime minister will definitely be a woman—25 years after Margaret Thatcher stepped down from the position. The race for the position has come down to Theresa May, the current home affairs secretary, and Andrea Leadsom, the energy minister.
In a preliminary election of only Britain’s Conservative Party, May secured 199 of 330 votes, Leadsom got 84 and the third candidate, Michael Gove, the current justice secretary was eliminated by only getting 46 votes.
The winner of the election will take over in September for David Cameron, who stepped down in the aftermath of Britain voting to leave the European Union. The next prime minister will have to help the country out of the current state of financial and political instability in the aftermath of the U.K. voting to leave the EU.
May was passively on the side of remaining in the EU, but has said that if she becomes prime minister, she will move forward with the people’s wishes to leave the EU. Leadsom was a leader on the side of leaving the campaign.
With the U.K. being destined to have a woman prime minister, the possibility of Hillary Clinton being the president of the United States and Germany being governed by Chancellor Angela Merkel—by next year, three major world powers could be led by women for the first time ever.
Aaron Cline Hanbury is a contributing editor for RELEVANT. You can follow him on Twitter at @achanbury