are now taking more charge of their life
and career, actively climbing the corporate
ladder like never before. Not content
to just sit at home and look after the
kids anymore (unless that's what they
choose to do), women are gaining positions
of power in large multinational corporations,
foundations, and important government
According to the Forbes magazine's review
of the most powerful women in the world,
the chancellor of Germany is at the head
of the list. Angela Merkel took power
from Gerhard Schroder last year to become
the first ever female German chancellor.
The 52 year old scientist, turned politician
is the leader of Europe's largest economy.
And, although her economic restructuring
plan for the country is not loved by everyone,
her changes are stimulating economic growth.
After five years of economic stagnation,
her changes have seen a two percent growth
in the past year.
The American Secretary of State, Condoleezza
Rice lost her number one position, but
only slipped to second place. The world
of politics was the reason for thirty
women being on the list in 2006.
While there is still yet to be a female
American President, other countries around
the world are giving women their number
one job. Germany (Angela Merkel), Chile
(Michelle Bachelet), New Zealand (Helen
Clark), Philippines (Gloria Arroyo), Finland
(Tarja Halonen), Ireland (Mary McAleese),
and Latvia's Vaira Vike-Freiberga are
among the numerous countries with a woman
Seven of the top ten most powerful women
in the world were from the United States
this year, with France, China, and Germany
each having one entrant in the top ten.
There was a total of 53 American women
on the list of one hundred powerful women.
Forbes ranks the most powerful women in
the world by using a number of indicators
to measure the power and influence of
each woman on the list. Things like the
number of times the woman was mentioned
in the press and the economic impact that
they have are taken into account.
Secretary of State
Chief Executive-Designate, PepsiCo
Chairman and Chief Executive, Xerox
Chief Financial Officer, Citigroup
Chief Executive, Archer Daniels
Chairman and Chief Executive, Sara
Co-President, Morgan Stanley
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