Mariam Santiago

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About Mariam Santiago Miriam Defensor-Santiago (born Miriam Palma Defensor on June 15, 1945) is a Filipina lawyer, politician, and a Senator of the Philippines, with a focus on Constitutional Law. She is the founder and current leader of the People's Reform Party as well as its former presidential candidate.Early life and education Santiago was born in Iloilo City, Iloilo to District Judge Benjamin A. Defensor and Dimpna Palma Defensor. In her youth, she graduated as class valedictorian in both elementary and high school levels. She completed her secondary education at Iloilo High School (now Iloilo National High School). Despite a three-month bout with illness, Santiago attended the University of the Philippines in Diliman. There she continued to participate in numerous oratorical, public speaking, and debate contests. She became the first female editor-in-chief of the university's student newspaper, The Philippine Collegian and was twice made Corps Sponsor of the Reserve Officer Training Corps.Her classmates include the likes of former Senate President Franklin Drilon, San Juan Representative Ronaldo Zamora, and Eli Pamatong. In 1965, Santiago graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. It took her only three and a half years to complete her degree. Upon graduation, she was elected to the Pi Gamma Mu and Phi Kappa Phi international honor societies. Miriam took the 1969 Bar Exams and barely passed with a 78% Bar rating. Santiago decided to teach Political Science to undergraduates at Trinity College of Quezon City. She then attended the University of Michigan Law School from 1974 to 1976, earning the degrees of Master of Laws and Juris Doctor. Santiago continued enrolling in short courses, attending seminars and participating in conferences locally and abroad. In 1995, at the age of fifty, she completed the academic requirements for a Master of Arts in Religious Studies at the Maryhill School of Theology with an average grade of 1.25. In 1996, at the age of fifty-one, she attended the Summer Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law School. In 1997, at age fifty-two, she attended the Summer Program in Law at Oxford University. After she lost in the Senate race of 2001, she worked on updating her self-published law and political science textbooks, which were later released in 2002. In 1986, Santiago was recognized as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Professionals of the Philippine Junior Chamber of Commerce. In 1988, she sought and won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service, which claims to be the Philippine equivalent of the Nobel Prize. In 1996, The Australian Magazine ranked Santiago 69th among "The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World", sharing the honor with former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos who ranked 58th.

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1. Mariam Santiago 51

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228. Kalpana Chawla 52
229. Abdelhamid Ben Badi 51
230. Ibrahim Abu-Lughod 51
231. Sari Nusseibeh 51
232. Mariam Santiago 51
233. Mileva Marić 51
234. Dr.Hamed AL-shwikan 50
235. Ghada Karmi 50
236. parviz jabedar mara 49

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