While you go about your daily chores, ironing, cooking and the likes, it may be of interest to you that somewhere in different corners of the world, a good number of women are driving change and making decisions that will affect you, especially in carrying out those daily chores.
In a week marred by various unthinkable atrocities being committed against women around the world, the Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women on Earth is a welcome dose of positivity as we analyse the role of women in our ever-changing world.
This year’s list seems dominated by women both in Technology and Business and there are a healthy number of women managing some of the world’s largest corporations than ever before.
There are also more women Heads of State on the list with a combined economic output running into trillions of dollars.
With such news, one may be tempted to say women are well on their way to becoming dominant forces in the world of business, but with less than 5% of the world’s top executives being women, there’s obviously a very long way to go.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel tops the list for the ninth time since it’s inception 10 years ago. She’s closely followed by Janet Yellen, the Head of the US Federal Reserve and Melinda Gates, philanthropist and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The first black woman on the list is First Lady of The United States Michelle Obama at number 8, while media mogul Oprah Winfrey is on the list at number 14.
Other women in media who made it into the list include Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post, Amy Pascal co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment and of course, Anna Wintour Editor of Vogue who comes in at number 39.
Facebook’s Sheryll Sandberg leads the pack of top tech Executives on the list at number 9. Other super women in tech include tech giant IBM’s CEO Virginia Rometty (10), You Tube CEO Susan Wojcicki (12) and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.
Hollywood was ably represented by singer Beyoncé at number 17. The singer capped of an amazing year in 2013 with one of the best-selling tours on record. Columbian actress Sofia Vergara and singer Shakira also made the list of super powerful women thanks to endorsements and sheer graft and hard work.
Other Celebrities on the list include Lady Gaga at number 38 thanks to massive sales during her 2013 Monster tour and United Nations ambassador Angelina Jolie.
African women including our very own Ngozi Okonjo Iweala who according to the list is the world’s 44th most powerful woman also feature on the list. Liberian President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf also came in at no 70 and as further proof that being the richest doesn’t necessarily make you the most powerful, the richest black woman in the world, Nigerian oil magnate Folorunsho Alakija is at number 96.