It’s 50 years since Sirimavo Bandaranaike assumed the Premiership becoming the world’s first woman Prime Minister.
It was S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike who became the pilot in the political revolution that took place in 1956. However, reactionary forces did not permit Mr. Bandaranaike who injected new life to the common man to reign the country with full freedom. The sound of gunfire emanated from the Prime Minister’s residence at Rosmead Place on 25th September 1959, making the objectives of these reactionary forces a reality. The Prime Minister succumbed to his injuries the following day.
Thereafter, it was his wife Sirimavo Bandaranaike who took over the leadership after the elections conducted on 20th July 1960. She assumed the Premiership as a member of the Senate on 21st July 1960, thus doing Sri Lanka proud, becoming the first woman Prime Minister in the World.