U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is hoping so. He recently penned a letter to the Commonwealth proposing a change in the 1701 Act of Settlement that would allow the first-born child of royals to be the next monarch regardless of their gender (under the current law, a big sister would lose her right to the throne if her parents later give birth to a son).
“We espouse gender equality in all other aspects of life and it is an anomaly that in the rules relating to the highest public office we continue to enshrine male superiority," writes Cameron. His proposal will be discussed at a meeting of Commonwealth leaders in Perth, Australia in October, and would need the unanimous consent of all 16 Commonwealth countries where Queen Elizabeth is head of state -- including such far-flung locales as Canada, Ghana and Pakistan.
WVoN picked up on the "espouse" in his statement, adding that they hope that this shift in rules of inheriting the throne could trickle down to antiquated estate inheritance practices that favor passing landed estates through male lines.
The U.K. has had some iconic women at its helm -- Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and the current queen come to mind -- and, as TresSugar points out, the legalization of a female successor would allow Prince William and Duchess Catherine to avoid some awkward public relations messes if their firstborn child turns out to be a daughter.
But what about beyond Britain? We decided to take a look around the world and see where a woman can currently inherit the throne.
PHOTOS: Where You Can Still Be Queen
Princess M?rtha Louise of Norway just missed the chance to inherit the throne from her mother, Queen Sonja of Norway, but her daughters will be able to take advantage of a 1990 law that eliminated previously male-centric successor rules for heirs born after 1990.
In the Balobedu of the Limpopo Province of South Africa, the Queen's eldest daughter becomes heir to the complete exclusion of males. The Queen is called Modjadji or "The Rain Queen" because she is believed to have the ability to control the clouds and rainfall.
The Rain Queen is served by a series of "wives" sent by the tribe's villages and whose children are considered hers.
The last Rain Queen, Makobo Modjadji, died at age 27, and a successor has not been named.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is slated to inherit the throne from her mother, Queen Silvia, and if she and her husband Prince Daniel have a daughter, she will eventually take over from Mom, thanks to constitutional amendments to the 1979 Act of Succession, a law which passed over one-year old Crown Prince Carl Philip for his older sister Victoria.
Thailand's Queen Sirikit walks beside one of her three daughter Princess Chulabhorn. In Thailand, the eldest child gains the throne, regardless of gender.
The Act of Succession of March 27, 1953 gave women the right of succession to the Danish throne. On January 14, 1972, HM Queen Margrethe II became the first Danish Sovereign under the new law.
While Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands has three sons, their daughters -- like the three daughters of Prince Willem-Alexander: Princess Catherina Amalia, Princess Alexia, and Princess Ariane, pictured -- are able to inherit the throne, much like Beatrix did from her mother, Queen Juliana, thanks to a 1983 law adopting full lineal primogeniture.
Princess Elisabeth of Belgium (shown holding her sister, Princess Eleonore, next to her grandmother, Queen Paola) is next in line for the throne, thanks to a 1991 act of succession which created full cognatic primogeniture, altering the order of succession from eldest son to eldest child.