2016 has been a year dominated by strong and powerful woman leadership. Below is a list of the 5 Most Powerful Women in the world today.
She is one of the strongest and most influential leaders in Europe, and on top of the list of Most Powerful Women in the world. She guided Germany through a recession and brought them into 2016 with a budget surplus of 12.1 billion euros and an AAA credit rating. As the chancellor of Germany she has opened doors to over one million immigrants from the Middle East, Africa and other conflict zones. Most predict her to be re-elected in 2017.
As if being the Federal Reserve chair isn’t powerful enough. This Yale and Brown graduate has chaired the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System since 2014, and previously served as Vice Chair from 2010 to 2014. She is the first woman to hold the position, and she is doing a great job.
Melinda Gates heads the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world. It aims to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty globally, as well as to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology in America, with a budget of $4.2 billion in giving during the year 2015.
Formerly the CEO of General Motors and currently Chairman, Mary Barra made it to the lost of the World’s Most Powerful Women through hard work. She was able to up both domestic and international sales, and put GM back on the market as a key player. Next up on her to do list is to put the electric Chevrolet Bolt EV on the streets.
If this isn’t the definition of power, then we don’t know what it. Christine Lagarde was re-elected just earlier this year to a second five-year term heading the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF is the economic advisor and backstop for 188 countries. She managed to lead the world through a recovering economy, and strengthen the institutional pillars of the IMF.