Forbes’ Power Women Top 100

“Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.” – Joseph Conrad

Forbes’ Top 100 Women Who Run the World

It is 2012. We like to think that that implies equality amongst men and women, at least in large parts of the world. However, there are still areas in which men simply remain a large majority. This Top 100 shows that even in male-dominated industries, more and more women are taking up key positions and showing themselves to be great leaders. Be inspired!

  1. Angela Merkel       
    The world’s No. 1 Most Powerful Woman for the second year in a row, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the “Iron Lady” of Europe and the lead player in the eurozone economic drama that continues to threaten global markets. As Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal have teetered on the brink of an economic collapse, she has vowed to do everything in her power to preserve the 17-country EU. Merkel also called on international leaders to renew the Kyoto agreement, a commitment to reduce greenhouse gases that she helped ratify as Germany’s environmental minister in the 1990s. She has been chancellor since 2005, and her recent public approval ratings soared to near 70%–a good sign leading into the general election in the fall of 2013. Merkel is embracing the Internet, and last fall launched a YouTube channel, Die Bundesregierung, where she directly answers citizens’ questions.
  2. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, United States
  3. Dilma Rousseff, President, Brazil
  4. Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  5. Jill Abramson, Executive Director, New York Times Co.
  6. Sonia Gandhi, President, Indian National Congress, India
  7. Michelle Obama, First Lady, United States
  8. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
  9. Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Department Homeland Security, United States
  10. Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

For the full list as well as more information, please visit the Forbes website.

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