Gone are the days when only men were in charge. Nowadays women are working in every walk of life. Powerful women in the world are changing our worldwide view in more ways than one. They are building empires, regulating economies, and are striving to change the world. These powerful women are continuously fighting to make their presence known in the world.
Here’s the list of the top 5 most powerful women in the world who are changing the world.
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel is a German politician and the Chancellor of Germany. She is serving Germany as the chancellor since 2005. Born in Hamburg, Germany chose politics as her career after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
The 66-year old politician has joined the Christian Democratic Political party. Soon after that, she was named as the minister for women and youth to Helmut Kohl’s cabinet. Angela’s full name is Angela Dorothea Merkel.
The famous political figure has also worked as the environment and nuclear safety minister. After so much struggle she became the first female chancellor of Germany in 2005.
She was re-elected for the fourth time as chancellor in 2017. In October 2018, she disclosed that she will not run for re-election as chancellor in 2021.
Greta Thunberg, climate activist
17-year old Greta Thunberg is the youngest Swedish environmental activist who has gained recognition for her effort to save the climate. She has been fighting since 2018. Greta has started this movement back in 2018 when she was only 15-year old.
She started skipping school on Fridays and staged a protest outside the Swedish parliament with a poster in her hand which read the message ‘Schools Strike for climate’. Soon after that, other students also started similar protests in their communities.
Thanks to the power of social media, Greta has gained international recognition. Many people all around the world followed the footsteps of a youth activist and staged protests for the climate.
A Swedish activist then started a movement ‘Fridays For Future’ to force leaders an lawmakers to take action for the climate. Moreover, Greta was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019.
She became the youngest individual ever to be honored as Time’s Person of the Year. 17-year old learned about the climate crisis when she was only eight. She challenged her parents to reduce the carbon footprint by becoming vegan, upcycling, and giving up flying.
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Nancy Pelosi is an American politician and currently working as the speaker of the US House of Representatives. She is the only women who work as a speaker in the history of the United State.
Nancy has started her career in politics as a volunteer and was first elected to Congress in 1987. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 26, 1940. Graduated from Trinity College in Washington, Pelosi has been a strong supporter of increased funding for health research and for other health care and housing programs and initiatives.
She is also an advocate of human rights and the environment. Pelosi as a speaker of the US House of Representatives has disclosed that the house would launch a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
Speaker declared that the President must be held accountable for what he did. He is not above the law. Recently in 2020, she has introduced the new legislation to give Congress a role in removing the president if he is not working properly.
Oprah Winfrey, Media Executive, Actress, and Billionaire Philanthropist
Oprah Winfrey is the American talk show host, actress, TV Producer, author, and Billionaire Philanthropist. She has gained recognition for hosting ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, which aired for 25 seasons, from 1986 to 2011.
In 2011, she also started her own TV network, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Oprah is the richest African American of the 20th century.
In 1986, Oprah Winfrey became the first Black female host of a nationally syndicated daily talk show with the premiere of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’. In 2002, Oprah Winfrey was selected as the first recipient of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.
Oprah Winfrey became the first Black female billionaire in the United States in 2003. She always vowed to keep her show free of tabloid topics. At the start, her show’s rating was not high but with time she gained recognition.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second woman to be named as the US Supreme Court Justice. Ginsburg’s mother was a major influence in her life. Her mother taught her the value of independence and a good education.
Ginsburg has been an advocate for women’s rights and has worked with the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project throughout her life. She was the first Jewish woman and the second woman to serve on the Court.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was known as the notorious R.B.G. Shee died of the complications of pancreatic cancer on September 18, 2020. After the announcement of her death, thousands of people gathered outside the supreme court building to lay flowers and leave messages.
Additionally, Ginsburg was the first woman and first Jew to lie in the state capitol.