Edited by Tissa Jayatilaka, Sirimavo is the commemorative volume published by the Bandaranaike Museum Committee to mark fifty years since Mrs. Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike’s first accession to power on 21st July 1960. If her place in the history books as the world’s first woman to lead a democratic government was an instance, in tragic circumstances, of greatness being thrust upon her, the essays and speeches in this volume attempt to show how she achieved greatness in her own right as the leader of a Third World democracy and international stateswoman

By Tissa Jayatillake

First edition published in 2010,

Printed by Gunaratne Offset Ltd Edited


Honouring the world’s first woman Prime Minister

Hardcover 9.5”

(H) x 6.5” (W)

344 Pages with 35 Duotone Plates