Only six women were featured in a Forbes magazine list of the 74 most powerful people in the world.
The women featured were:
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel (3)
- Chair of the US Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors Janet Yellen (6)
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May (13)
- International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde (25)
- IBM Chairwoman, President, and CEO Ginni Rometty (61)
- General Motors Chairperson and CEO Mary Barra (62).
Forbes says its ‘Most Powerful People’ list “identifies people out of every 100 million whose actions mean the most” and represents the magazine’s “best guess about who will matter in the year to come.”
Forbes ended its introduction to the 2016 list with a disclaimer:
“Any ranking of the world’s most powerful people is going to be subjective, so we don’t pretend ours is definitive. It’s meant to be the beginning of a conversation, not the final word.”
It says it judges candidates on four criteria: the number of people they have power over, the financial resources they manage, the different “spheres” of activity that they have power in, and active use of power.
According to Forbes, nine women were featured in the 2015 and 2014 lists.
This year’s most notable woman absentee is perhaps US Democrat Hillary Clinton, who lost this year’s US general election to Donald Trump (ranked second in the 2016 list). She was ranked 58 in 2015.
In fact, many of the women featured in Forbes’ ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2016’ didn’t make it to the ‘powerful people’ list.
Hillary Clinton was on that list, and so were Melinda Gates, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.
It is pitiful that the west who is so called flag bearer of women empowerment has only six women as powerful and influential.