In various parts of the world, women have been fighting for gender equality and gender equity for decades. Today in the developed world we can say the battle has been won partially, but in some various parts of the world such as the African continent and Asia, the struggle to exterminate gender inequality and achieve gender equity still continues though there are some significant improvements.To be honest, women have shown the world they have the capacity to be just as good in everything and even better as their male counterparts.So who among all women in the world who are Activists, entrepreneurs, investors, CEOs, scientists, political leaders and any other field has made a mark to change the world and deserves a place on our list of top 10 most influential women in the world?
- Christine Lagarde
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director who has been a lawyer and a politician is among the world’s most influential women. The IMF serves 189 countries by reducing poverty in countries, ensuring sustainable economic growth, fostering global monetary cooperation and securing financial stability among other vital functions. Her job description which involves decision that basically affects billions of people makes her one of the most influential people on the planet
- Mary Barra
The CEO of General Motors has been named on several occasions among the most powerful women and in Times 100 most influential women. She has really made the company make a comeback after its sales for the past few years had soared and today the company s reporting growth both in Europe and other markets.
- Elizabeth Warren
The senior United States senator from Massachusetts has been named twice now by the Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. The Democratic Party member who has been previously a professor of law, an economy advisor and a vocal advocate of consumer protection has been at the core of Obama administration. Although she didn’t run for presidency position in 2016, many people view her as a strong candidate for either the presidency or the vice presidency position.
- Michelle Obama
The former First Lady of the 44th president of the United States is among today’s most influential women and not just in the political scenes but also in the fashion industry. Michelle over the years has risen to the ranks of a leader, an advocate for poverty awareness, a role model for young girls and women in general and a fashion Icon. Rumours have it that she might one day run for the presidential position in the coming years.
- Theresa May
She is the second female prime minister in the United Kingdom history a position she has held since 2016 after Cameron’s resignation. The fact that she is the prime minister of United Kingdom that makes her one of the most influential women I the world since she has power. Before her appointment as the British Prime Minister May has been Member of Parliament, Leader of the Conservative Party, Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities positions she has used to serve the United Kingdom people by keeping them safe and advocating for their well-being.
- Melinda Gates
The co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is one of, the most Influential Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs Worldwide. She is a woman most respected by many governments no wonder she has received Presidential Medal of Freedom form US government, Legion of Honour from France government, Padma Bhushan from the government of India, Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire from government of UK, all because of her philanthropic efforts and International development. As of today, Bill & Gates foundation has donated more than $30 billion to charity all in the efforts of making the world a better place.
- Janet Yellen
As the Chairwoman of the United States Federal Reserve Janet Yellen holds incomparable influence over American monetary policy. For those who are yet to understand her influence, Janet has been tasked with the job of making sure the U.S. economy stays in the Goldilocks zone and has immense influence over global financial markets. Depending on how investors interpret any word from her mouth that alone can make trillion of dollars lost, or gained in minutes and that’s the influence she holds.
- Hillary Clinton
The first female candidate to be nominated for president, the first woman to be elected senator of New York, most widely travelled secretary of state and the First Lady to be in a presidential race in the history of United States is one of the most influential women on the planet today. Hillary has been all along an advocate for gender equality, health care reforms, and human rights among other achievements that made her deserve a place in our list.
- Oprah Winfrey
CNN, USA Today, The American Spectator, Entertainment Weekly’s, Life magazine, TIME and any other international media all have credited Oprah Winfrey as the world’s most powerful woman, most influential woman in the world, the most influential black person of her generation. The “Queen of All Media” is not only the most influential but also the most richest African American. Oprah has changed the world through her talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and through her philanthropic activities, her book recommendations, political activities and human rights awareness.
The Chancellor of Germany, who is also the senior G7 leader is not only the most influential woman in the world today but also the world’s most powerful woman. Angel Merkel who is often referred to as “the decider” and has been tasked with maintaining a united European front a task she has exhibited leaderships skills especially on matters affecting the European countries such as economic relations, financial crisis, terrorism and most recent migrant crisis. No wonder she is labelled liberal west’s last defender.