The Forbes List of Most Powerful Women
I know this list has been floating around for the past week but I finally just got a chance to actually look at the whole list and I have to say, Forbes always manages to leave me scratching my head. What is “power?” How is it defined? Popularity, influence, impact on the world or community? Wealth? All of the above? I mean, Lady Gaga is certainly popular, wealthy and has a new-found interest in some political advocacy, but I’m having a hard time seeing what makes her one of the most powerful women on the planet. Also, the list certainly seems to prize certain western-style characteristics over others, even if not all of the women are from western countries. Note that many on the list are famous and wealthy but what about lesser-known women who promote women’s rights in some of the most dangerous places on earth? Are they powerful in their own right?
And a note about Michelle Obama. I have never been able to really dislike the woman in the way that so many others appear to- during the election people were just downright obnoxious. Basically, I like to stay away from turning politicians’ families into targets. I also think after watching what Hillary went through as First Lady, any FLOTUS gets a pretty bum rap if she dares speak more than 5 sentences out loud. That said, I’m not really sure what makes Michelle Obama the most powerful woman in the world at this point.