Begum Khaleda Zia is the former First Lady of Bangladesh (1977–1981), and the first woman Prime Minister in the country’s history and second in the Muslim world was born on August, 1945 to Iskandar Majumder, a businessman, and Taiyaba Majumder at Dinajpur district in north-western Bangladesh. She got married to Ziaur Rahman in 1960. Her husband, Ziaur Rahman was one of the great heroes in the time of liberation war.
Khaleda Zia won for three times in the general elections of 1991, 1996 and 2001. However, the 96’ election was boycotted by other major political leader Sheikh Hasina. She is the longest–serving Prime Minister of Bangladesh since 1971 as she ruled the country for ten years.
Khaleda Zia became chairperson of BNP on February 1984 as justice sattar retired from politics. Now she is the life time chairperson of BNP.
Forbes magazine ranked Mrs Zia at number 29 in 2005and number 33 in 2006 in its list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.