Powerful Women in Today’s World
Forbes, one of the most well-known magazines, infamous for its lists of wealthy, popular and powerful people and corporations, focused on women in August 2012, naming the top 100 most influential and powerful in the world. The list includes powerful political women, women in top executive positions as well as celebrities and humanitarians. While the list highlights these amazing women, neatly naming them and providing basic details as to where their major influence and power lies, the bigger picture can be found in the creation of the list itself. The fact that more women are reaching higher and higher levels of importance, money, and yes, power; has finally become, a hard-fought, long-awaited, reality.
I wonder how many people would believe that the second most powerful person (male or female) on Forbes 100 most popular people in the world in 2012, also ranked as the number 1 most powerful women in the world.
Angela Dorothea Merkel was born in 1954. Her profession of choice was physical chemistry and it wasn’t until she was in her mid 30s that she entered politics, after the fall of communism in 1989 just prior to Germany’s reunification in 1990. In her political career, she has served as Federal Minister for Women and Youth, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Secretary General of the CDU (elected chairperson in 2000), and from 2002 to 2005. She was also chair of the CDU/CSU (Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union parliamentary coalition. Following the 2005 federal election Merkel was elected as Chancellor of Germany, the first woman to hold this office in German history. And in 2007, she chaired the G8- Group of Eight, an organization of governments of eight of the world’s wealthiest countries and was President of the European Council where she played a huge part in the negotiation of both the Berlin Declaration and the Treaty of Lisbon.
She has earned the...