13 Fantastic Photos From The Inauguration Of Taiwan’s First Female President

Tsai Ing-wen is 59, unmarried, loves her cats, and is now the most powerful woman in the Chinese-speaking world.

Tsai Ing-wen, a 59-year-old unmarried cat-lover, has just become the most powerful woman in not just Taiwan, but the entire Chinese-speaking world.

Tsai Ing-wen, a 59-year-old unmarried cat-lover, has just become the most powerful woman in not just Taiwan, but the entire Chinese-speaking world.

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Tsai’s been on this upward trajectory for awhile. She was the first female chairperson of one of the major political parties in Taiwan, the first female presidential candidate.

Tsai's been on this upward trajectory for awhile. She was the first female chairperson of one of the major political parties in Taiwan, the first female presidential candidate.

She also has the distinction in Asia for being the first female president that's wasn't born into a former political figure's family.

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Tsai, the chairperson of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), took her oath of office on Friday, after a landslide election victory in January over the 13th President, the Nationalist Party’s Ma Ying-jeou.

Tsai, the chairperson of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), took her oath of office on Friday, after a landslide election victory in January over the 13th President, the Nationalist Party's Ma Ying-jeou.

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This is the moment of a solemn ceremony when Tsai, or « Xiao Ing » — as her Taiwanese fans affectionately caller — took her oath of office before a portrait of Sun Yat-sen, the first president of the Republic of China inside the Presidential Palace in Taipei.

This is the moment of a solemn ceremony when Tsai, or "Xiao Ing" — as her Taiwanese fans affectionately caller — took her oath of office before a portrait of Sun Yat-sen, the first president of the Republic of China inside the Presidential Palace in Taipei.

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