Buenos Aires - First Lady Christina Fernandez, the 54 year old wife of President Nestor Kirchner, is poised to assume the role of President of Argentina after initial election results have come in at nearly 44 percent in her favor.
Fernandez is a lawyer and senator whose husband has lead a remarkable recovery since Argentina's economic crisis in 2001. She will become the first female elected to the presidency of the country.
The news suggests a further shift in a rising global trend toward matriarchy, as nations have been increasingly supportive of women as presidential leaders. With the recent elections of female heads-of-state in Germany, India, Chile, Finland, Liberia (Africa's first female president), and the popularity of both Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine and Hillary Clinton in the United States, there has been a remarkable emergence of support for female leadership on the world stage.