These women hold the world within the palms of their hands. This list is not meant to rank these women in any particular order; let’s just celebrate these women for achieving such powerful positions. Here is a list of the top five women who really do run the world!
#1: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Renowned scholar, Nobel Prize winner, president of Liberia (2006 – 2018). This woman is most widely recognized “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” She now plans to train the next generation of African Women to become the leaders of a continent currently and historically dominated by their male counterparts.
#2: Shiekh Hasana Wajed
This wonderful woman is the longest-serving Prime Minister in the history of Bangladesh. Shiekh was previously the Prime Minister of Bangladesh from 1996 to 2001. After a landslide victory in 2008, she once again served as the prime minister which she continues to do to this day. Shiekh’s political career spans more than 4 decades! Hasina is considered one of the most powerful women in the world, appearing on Forbes’ lost of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2018 ranked 26th, and for 2017, ranked 30th.
#3: Julia Gillard
Julia Gillard: former prime minister of the continent of Australia. Gillard began following her dream through the University of Melbourne, where she worked with the Austrailian Union of Students, becoming the president of the organization from 1983 to 1984. Once completing her studies, she began working for a law firm, but eventually moved from the private sector into politics, beginning her political career in 1996 as the chief of staff to John Brumby, the leader of the Labor Party in Victoria at the time. She then moved from local to federal politics through representing Lalor in the House of Representatives. She worked through the political ranks of Austrailia until eventually being elected as the first female Deputy Prime Minister of Austrailia, later on accepting the role of Prime Minister after the resignation of the previous Prime minister.
#4: Tsa-Ing Wen
This woman knows how to disrupt the status quo! Tsa-Ing Wen was the first woman to be elected to the office of the presidency of Taiwan, becoming the seventh president of the Republic of China under the 1947 Constitution, and the second president from the Democratic Progressive Party. She is also the first president to be of both Hakka and aboriginal descent, and the first unmarried president. She is also the first to have never held an elected executive office post before presidency, and the first to be popularly elected without having previously served as the Mayor of Taipei.
#5: Angela Merkel
Some call her the defacto leader of the European Leader. Others think of her as “the leader of the free world”. Most people know her as the Chancellor of Germany, which is the office she was elected to in 2005, and continues to serve her country through to this day. In 2014, she became the longest-serving incumbent head of government in the European union. One of her consistent priorities has been improving transatlantic trade relations.
And there you have it! Here are 5 of the top female leaders around the world. We encourage you to research every one of these wonderful women to learn more about their lives and accomplishments, as there are many which were not mentioned in this article. There are many other female leaders which influence and support the world in which we live, but these 5 are ones who we believe stand out for various diverse purposes and initiatives. These women never gave up on their dreams, or settled for less than what they set out to achieve. Let’s all strive to achieve our goals and change the world as the next generation of powerful, respected women. Let us know what you think about these amazing women. Have a great day!
By P.A. Cramer on March 20, 2020