Women are finally free to express their ideas, concepts and power. As we finally make our mark this male dominated world, Forbes recognised our power by releasing the annual guide of The Most Powerful Women. Successful businesswomen, presidents, CEO and celebrities mark the 2014 Forbes list. Thus, are women a threat for men?
The annual Forbes guide shown top 100 most powerful women in the world. Here is top 10:
- Angela Merkel
For Angela Merkel (59) is the fourth year on the top of Forbes list. Her name is well-known in the political area and her influence marked the system over the years. There is no secret that her success encourages many women to gain confidence and self-respect. Her status marks a new era of female dominance.
‘When it comes to human dignity, we cannot make compromises’
2. Janet Yellen
Janet Yellen (67) is an American Economist with many years of experience and a career that can make a lot of people jealous. Assistant professor at Harvard, lecturer at The London School of Economics and Political Science, Macroeconomics teacher, two awards from Haas School, president of the Western Economic Association International, former vice president of the American Economic Association, and the list can go on. There are no doubts that she is a powerful woman.
‘It slightly worries me that when people find a problem, they rush to judgement of what to do’
3. Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates (49) sits at number 3 for her self made achievements, and not because of her husband (Bill Gates) celebrity status. She is an American businesswoman, philanthropist and the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates achievements can be measured by the vast collection of awards she gained over the years.
‘We have to be careful in how we use this light shined on us’
4. Dilma Rousseff
Dilma Rousseff (66) is the President of Brazil. This achievement is so important as most of the presidents are men and there is no space for women in their work area. Forbes placed her in a well-deserved top 10.
‘I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say: yes, women can.’
5. Christine Lagarde
Christine Lagarde (58) said: “All economies have savings and productivity gains if women have access to the job market. It’s not just a moral, philosophical or equal-opportunity matter. It’s also an economic cause. It’s a no-brainer.” Should we say more?
‘The financial industry is a service industry. It should serve others before it serves itself.’
6. Hillary Clinton
There are rumours that Hillary Clinton (66) will be the first female president of U.S. being one of the favourites for 2016 elections. She was the U.S Senator, First Lady of U.S. and the 67th Secretary of United States. With such an amazing career and promising future, she will definitely keep her position in Forbes list.
‘Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.’
7. Mary Barra
Mary Barra (52) is the CEO of General Motors and the first woman who achieved such an important goal. The title of One of The Most Powerful Women was recognised even by Time magazine and she was the featured on the cover as well.
‘I think there are more women in more senior roles than in 1980 when I started. But from my career perspective, I don’t go into a room and take count. I want to be recognized for my contribution and for what I do. Yeah, there were probably times it was to my benefit, and there were probably times when it was not to my benefit. But that is true for everyone. There are always things that potentially impact how you are received. And I just don’t focus on it. I don’t focus on what you can’t control.
8. Michelle Obama
Her ideas, words, behaviour and status are so inspiring that she became one of the most powerful women in the world. The First Lady (50) shows the world that behind every powerful man there is always a powerful woman.
‘When they were seated, the owner of the restaurant asked the president’s secret service if he could please speak to the First Lady in private. They obliged and Michelle had a conversation with the owner. Following this conversation President Obama asked Michelle, “Why was he so interested in talking to you.” She mentioned that in her teenage years, he had been madly in love with her. President Obama then said, “So if you had married him, you would now be the owner of this lovely restaurant,” to which Michelle responded, “No. If I had married him, he would now be the President.” ‘
9. Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg (44) knows what success is and how to reach it. She is an American technology executive, activist and author. Her career was built by her new fresh mentality and hardworking spirit.
‘When my mother took her turn to sit in a gown at her graduation, she thought she only had two career options: nursing and teaching. She raised me and my sister to believe that we could do anything, and we believed her.’
10. Virgina Rometty
Virginia Rometty (56) is the CEO of IBM and this role is as overwhelming as she is the first woman who ever lead the company. By a powerful mind she found her way in a global company, thus all the ‘most powerful woman’ rewards are well-worth.
‘If you are clear on what you believe, you have a great foundation to go make a market.’
Are women a threat for men’s careers? They should be!