This shouldn’t come as a surprise. For the sixth year
straight, German Chancellor Angela Merkel
tops Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women.
With the recent listing of 100 World’s
Most Powerful Women, Forbes top five starts with Angela Merkel, then Hillary
Clinton, the first woman to contest a presidential election in the United
States of America; Janet Yellen, the American economist who is the Chair of the
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; followed by Melinda Gates,
co-chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and the fifth is Mary Barra, the
first female CEO, General Motors. There are more on the list.
to Forbes, “They are the smartest and toughest female business leaders,
entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, philanthropists and CEOs making their
mark in the world today. They’re women who are building billion-dollar brands,
calling the shots in the financial markets, and crisscrossing the globe to
broker international agreements and provide aid.
accomplishments are formidable on their own, and even more so given how hard it
can be to establish inroads into industries and job titles traditionally
dominated by men. Statistics on women in positions of power remain bleak.
According to the latest survey by Catalyst, a nonprofit that tracks gender
parity in the workplace, women occupy a measly four per cent of corner offices
at S&P 500 companies. And they hold only 25 per cent of
executive or senior-level jobs in those same firms.”