A few days ago I was logging into my Yahoo mail and I caught a quick glimpse of an announcement of the Forbes' List of the "World's 100 Most Powerful Women" (but I was running out (BTW, I am powerful in my household) and I thought it would be all over the news and I would see it again. Well, now that I look for it, I have to do a full on search... hmm.. I wonder if it was a list of powerful men would I really have to work that hard? I wanted to make sure that Spirited Woman readers heard about the list too.
These women's rankings are a combination of two scores: visibility - by press mentions -- and the size of the organization or country these women lead. So, you're thinking Oprah, right? Nope...she's number 41! It's not your usual "who's who" of the entertainment crowd and it really opened my eyes (once again) to how much is going on in the world outside the U.S.
For the 4th year in a row, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is Number #1. She is the first female Chancellor of Germany and at the end of September when she seeks a second term in national general election she will be ditching her current "party" (Social Democrats) to form new coalition with the liberal Free Democrats. And you know what? Forbes reports that a recent opinion polls favor her succession (that means they like her enough to stick with her no matter what party she is in).
Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of fantastic women from the U.S. but most of them are the heads of such powerhouse companies (versus a chancellor) as PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, DuPont, Sunici, Yahoo, and from Xerox there are even 2 who made the list!
So what do you think makes a powerful woman? Some one who gets all the press or someone who gets the job done? I would love to know what you think of the Forbes' List of the "World's 100 Most Powerful Women."
- Kristin Flannery
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