Rachel wanted her colleagues to know that, indeed, the "world" is ready for a female president. However, whether or not "America" - the most enlightened corner of the free and democratic world - is ready for a female president, remains to be seen. Though we don't have the time to exhaustively research the many female presidents and prime ministers of the world, I (Rob) do know that since 1960, the following countries have had female presidents or prime ministers: Sri Lanka, India, Israel, Argentina, Central African Republic, Great Britain, Portugal, Bolivia, Dominica, Iceland, Norway, Yugoslavia, Malta, Netherlands Antilles, Philippines, Pakistan, Lithuania, Nicaragua, Ireland, Ecuador, Haiti, East Germany, Burma, Bangladesh, France, Poland, Canada, Burundi, Rwanda, Turkey, Bulgaria, Bermuda, Guyana, New Zealand, Switzerland, Mongolia, Panama, Latvia, San Marino, Indonesia, Serbia, Georgia, Austria, Liberia, Chile, Germany.
Several countries have had more than 1 or 2 female heads of state. Yes, that list includes such bastions of female empowerment including Pakistan, Indonesia, and Bangladesh. This list also does not include queens or heads of state prior to 1960. I can name another couple biblical heads of state (or "kingdom"), as well as a couple leaders of ancient China and medieval Europe. Probably the history books of most other countries list other female heads of state.
Is the world ready for a female president? Yes. Is Good Ole' America? I don't know, what do you think?