Bandaranaike, Sirimavo /ˌbandərəˈnʌɪkə/


(1916–2000), Sinhalese stateswoman, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka 1960–5, 1970–7, and 1994–2000; full name Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike. The world’s first woman Prime Minister, she succeeded her husband, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, after his assassination.

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