2015’s Most Powerful Women Revealed
On May 26, 2015, “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” Forbes list was revealed. From politicians, to celebrities, to entrepreneurs and philanthropists, the list celebrates accomplished and inspirational women from across the globe.
Glass ceilings do not exist for these women. With their success, they are sending the message to future generations of powerful women that there are no limits. Cue Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)” as this list’s soundtrack.
Here are the top 10 Most Powerful Women of 2015:
Angela Merkel rounded out the top of the list as the most powerful woman in the world. At age 60, she is the Chancellor of Germany, and currently resides in Berlin. A fierce politician who has topped the Forbes list for 10 years, Merkel is currently serving her 3rd four-year term as Chancellor. This makes her the longest serving elected EU head of state in history. She is celebrated as a great economist for keeping Germany’s economy stable during the recession and directly involving herself in stabilizing Greece’s economy. Globally, Merkel is currently trying to work on a peace deal with Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. She is also out-spoken about her rejection of ISIS, and has directly sent arms to Kurdish forces battling the terrorist group.
Currently in the spotlight for her Presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton is listed as the second most powerful woman in the world. At 67, she is the most popular Democratic candidate for the 2016 election so far. Hillary Clinton’s previous positions as First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State prove an impressive resume. Clinton is the first and only First Lady to be a Senator and presidential candidate. Regardless if she wins the 2016 election, Clinton has already proved herself as a powerful politician and Vice Chair on the board for the Clinton Foundation.
Melinda Gates finished off the top three most powerful women in the world. At 50, she is the Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Forbes list states that she “dominates philanthropy.” In 2014 alone, she is responsible for $3.9 billion donated to various causes the Gates Foundation is involved in. Over the last 15 years, she and the Gates Foundation are also responsible for $33 billion in grant payments. Most recently, her philanthropy and area of focus is zooming in on investing in women and girls around the world.
At number four is Janet Yellen, age 68. Yellen is a celebrated American economist and first female head of the Federal Reserve. She was the Vice Chair from 2010 to 2014, and also worked under the Clinton administration. She currently resides and works in Washington, D.C. On January 6, 2014, Yellen was sworn in with the official title of Chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
When you think of General Motors, you think of automakers, and “The Big 8.” Who is the current CEO of GM? That would be Mary Barra, the fifth most powerful woman in the world. At age 53, Barra has held the CEO title for a little over a year now. She is the first woman to be CEO of any global automaker.
Forbes’s sixth most powerful woman in the world is Christine Lagarde. Lagarde, 59, is the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. The International Monetary Fund is responsible for facilitating the international trade and economy, along with other responsibilities such as reducing poverty rates across the globe. With this much influence, Lagarde is a worthy candidate for the top 10.
At number seven is Dilma Rouseff, the first female president of Brazil. Rouseff is one of the founders of the Democratic Labour Party in Rio Grande. She has also held the office of Secretary of Treasury, Secretary of Energy, and Minister of Energy for two different states. Rouseff, at 67, is currently into her second term as president.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, is the eighth most powerful woman in the world. Leading in the tech industry, she is paving the way for many young women to aspire to work on the board of directors for a currently male-dominated industry. Previous to snagging the COO position, Sandberg was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, and worked as chief of staff for the United States Secretary of the Treasury under the Clinton administration.
Another tech ruler, Susan Wojcicki, comes in at number nine on the list of the world’s most powerful women. Wojcicki originally worked at Intel and helped Google grow to what it is today. Wojcicki actually worked with the two founders of Google, and they used her garage when starting the business. Later on, when creating Google Video, she insisted that Google purchase YouTube, their competitor, when it was only just a start-up company. At 46, she is now the CEO of YouTube.
Last, but certainly far from least, Michelle Obama finishes the top 10 most powerful women in the world list. At 51, she is currently the First Lady to President Barack Obama. Obama is a writer, philanthropist, lawyer, as well as an activist, especially for women. Recently, Obama and the Peace Corps have come together to start the campaign Let Girls Learn, a program that wants to expand and encourage education for young women across the globe.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: AMY VAUGHN
I am a recent Montclair State University graduate with a BA in English. My first love is writing, specifically nonfiction and short stories. International human rights and women’s rights are also strong passions of mine. I hope to someday be able to call myself an editor, human rights advocate, and jewelry designer. I can’t live without Mad Men (er, Netflix), soy chai lattes, or my adorable Wheaten terrier, Pippin.