In 2007, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner took office as Argentina’s first directly elected female President. In 2011 she won the reelection which she held until 2015.
Fernández attended the National University of La Plata where she studied law.
Fernández de Kirchner was a provincial delegate to the Justicialist (Peronist) Party (PJ) convention in 1985 and was later elected to the provincial legislature.
Fernández de Kirchner twice represented Santa Cruz in the Argentine Senate (1995–97, 2001–05). She also served (1997–2001) in the Chamber of Deputies.
In 2009, Forbes ranked Fernández the 11th Most Powerful Woman in the World.