The world has a long history where women have displayed an undaunted courage and prowess in a male subjected society like ours. Females have displayed their power from the beginning only but today’s modern superwoman has made her presence felt in all those spheres of live that were predominantly thought to be male dominated. Contemporary women can be seen ruling everywhere and everything – be it media, politics or the corporate world. Today, many women are even the decision makers in these sectors and are counted among the most influential personalities in the world. The list below mentions the names of top ten powerful women in the world 2013.
Top Ten Most Powerful Women in the World 2013
1. Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel is not only the incumbent Chancellor of Germany but is also one of the most powerful and influential personalities in the world. She entered the arena of politics in the year 1960 when she joined the Christian Democratic Union Political Party. In 2005 she became the first female chancellor in Germany and in 2007; she became the second women to head the G8.
2. Dilma Rousseff
Dilma Vana Rouseff, 63, is the current President of an emerging nation, Brazil. This year she grabs the second position among the most powerful women 2013 compared to her last year’s third spot. She is the first Brazilian woman to be elected as President of the country. Before this, she has become the first women to helm the office as Chief of Staff of Brazil. She has served her nation as an economist also.
3. Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates is a prominent businesswoman of America who is also known across the world for her humanitarian work. She is the better half of the world’s leading businessman and eminent personality, Mr. Bill Gates. Melinda Gates has been listed many a times in Forbes magazine’s list of the World’s Most Powerful Women. She is currently the co-chairman of the Bill & Milinda Gates Foundation which she co-founded with her husband, Bill Gates.
4. Michelle Obama
The first lady of the United States is undoubtedly more popular than her President husband, Mr. Baraka Obama. She is currently the 4th most powerful woman in the world according to the Forbes magazine’s list. Michelle Obama, who is a law graduate, has taken up the cause of eradicating childhood obesity from the world. Apart from this, she is also known for her immensely sophisticated taste for fashion and has become a fashion icon for millions of women across the globe.
5. Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton was the 67th secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 being an integral part of Barack Obama’s administration. Prior to this she was also the United States Senator for New York from 2001 to 2009. Another fact which states her power is that she was US’s first lady during Bill Clinton’s presidency. Even during her academic years she was the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley College.
6. Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Kara Sandberg is an American businesswoman who has once been Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google. She also lent her helping hand in launching its humanitarian unit Google.org. At present she is the Chief Operating Officer of the Facebook since 2008. Prior to Google, She has also provided her services to the United States Department of treasury as chief of the staff.
7. Christine Lagarde
Christina Lagarde is the 11th and the first ever female managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Before taking charge of the IMF, she has also been appointed to many ministerial posts in the Government of France. She is a law graduate along with having a master degree in Political Science. Apart from being the first female MD of IMF, she was also the first ever woman to become the minister of Economic Affairs of a great economy.
8. Janet Napolitano
Serving in the administration of President, Barack Obama; Janet Napolitano is the third Secretary of Homeland Security and is the fourth person to hold this designation after the 9/11 assault. Janet was the 1st female to get elected for the post of Attorney General of Arizona from 1999 to 2002 and again got re-elected to become the 21st Governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009. Born on 29th November, 1957, she is the eighth most powerful women in the world, 2013.
9. Sonia Gandhi
One of the most powerful personalities of modern India, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi is the President of India’s leading national political party – the Indian National congress. She belongs to India’s most powerful political family of Nehru-Gandhi. Sonia Gandhi joined Indian politics in 1997, after her husband Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India, in 1991. She has, consistently, been named among one of the most powerful women in the world by the Forbes.
10. Indra Nooyi
Born in Tamil Nadu, India; Indra Nooyi is at present the Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of PepsiCo along with being the Honorary Co-Chair for the World Justice Project. Previously she had also been part of international brands such as Johnson & Johnson, Motorola, Asea Brown Boveri etc. Besides she was the 2009 CEO of the Year held by Global Supply Chain Leaders Group.