Bachelet was elected president of Chile on August 11th 2006; she was the first woman in the history of Chile being elected with the highest government position, and the 4th of the Concertación de Partidos por la Democracia out of 20 years in power, until 2010. Bachelet had really high approval ratings at the beginning of her presidency, however, because of the Pingüina Revolution, the Transantiago crisis and several conflicts inside the government coalition, her approval ratings dropped considerably.
Marked because of a social and development label, her presidency had to face the global economic crisis of 2008, rising up her approval ratings because of the positive evaluation the Chilean people made of her presidency, reaching the highest rating any president ever made at the end of term, ending with an 84,1% of approval.
In a global scale, Bachelet caused a strong influence during her presidency, constantly featured in Forbes magazine as one of the 20 most powerful women in the world, as well as TIME’s ranking as the 15th most influential person in 2008.
After her presidency, Bachelet was named Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations with the purpose of directing the newly created UN Women, reaching the highest level inside the global institution’s administrative structure, just below the Secretary-General.