World’s most powerful female politicians

Forbes Magazine has named Jacinda Ardern as the 13th most powerful female politician in the world. I think this is a bit premature, but it will increase Ardern’s international profile.

Most Powerful Women In Politics (Forbes):

  1. Angela Merkel, Chancellor Germany
  2. Theresa May, Prime Minister, U.K.
  3. Tsa Ing-Wen, President, Taiwan
  4. Michelle Bachelet, President, Chile
  5. Federica Mogherini, Foreign Policy Chief, European Union
  6. Ivanka Trump, Senior Advisor, The White House
  7. Ruth Bader Ginsburg/Elena Kagan/Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justices
  8. Queen Elizabeth II
  9. Sheikh Hasina Wajed, Prime Minister, Bangladesh
  10. Beata Maria Szydlo, Prime Minister, Poland
  11. Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor, Myanmar
  12. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation & Development, U.A.E.
  13. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister, New Zealand
  14. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, President, Croatia
  15. Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, U.K.
  16. Nikki Haley, Ambassador to United Nations, U.S.
  17. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister, Norway
  18. Elvira Nabiullina, Governor, Bank of Russia
  19. Liyuan Peng, First Lady, China
  20. Hillary Clinton, Former Presidential Candidate, U.S.
  21. Dalia Grybauskaite, President, Lithuania
  22. Kersti Kaljulaid, President, Estonia

Not surprising to see Merkel at the top, and Theresa May is probably up there as well but it’s debatable how powerful she is in the UK let alone the world.

Surprising to see Queen Elizabeth II there. She is a figurehead, not a power in politics.

Hillary Clinton well down the list is no surprise, she has no political position.

Not sure that Ivanka Trump is particularly powerful either.

RNZ: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/top/342900/ardern-makes-list-of-most-powerful-women-in-global-politics

15 Comments

  1. David

     /  November 2, 2017

    Give me a break, she cant do anything unless Granpops gives his OK

    • Conspiratoor

       /  November 2, 2017

      And isn’t that very reassuring David. A steady pair of hands at the wheel

      • David

         /  November 2, 2017

        Having watched him in parliament that shake is quite pronounced

  2. Zedd

     /  November 2, 2017

    It would be interesting to see the selection criteria.. as you say QE2 is supposedly NOT a politician.
    Iwanka T isnt either ? just a nepotism job (advisor !) 😦

    btw; Forbes Mag. also does the ‘rich list’ maybe that has a bearing here ??

  3. PDB

     /  November 2, 2017

    13. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister, New Zealand
    20. Hillary Clinton, Former Presidential Candidate, U.S.

    Considering Hillary knows where all the Democrat’s bodies are hidden this list is clearly nonsense.

  4. robertguyton

     /  November 2, 2017

    Where’s Paula? Where’s Judith? Where’s Amy???
    This list is clearly nonsense!

    • Gezza

       /  November 2, 2017

      😮
      Hang on. I’ll have a proper look.
      I’ll get back to you. 😐

      • Gezza

         /  November 2, 2017

        4. Michelle Bachelet, President, Chile – Nah.
        5. Federica Mogherini, Foreign Policy Chief, European Union – needs to do something with that hair.
        6. Ivanka Trump, Senior Advisor, The White House – looks hot, but let’s not even go there, if she’s inherited her old man’s brains. Watch that tricky little dude she married – I don’t trust him or Bibi.
        10. Beata Maria Szydlo, Prime Minister, Poland – from a look at some pics, I wouldn’t argue with her!
        11. Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor, Myanmar – hmm, dunno. Is she in charge or are the generals still, really?
        15. Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, U.K. – something fishy about her. Harpy.
        – – – – – – – – – – – – –
        13. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister, New Zealand – could be promising. Early days. But if she declares war on any other country I don’t fancy our chances.

    • PDB

       /  November 2, 2017

      Probably the same position that Turei & the Green female MP’s sit – Left-right-out.

  5. Gezza

     /  November 2, 2017

    Surprising to see Queen Elizabeth II there. She is a figurehead, not a power in politics.
    I would not be at all surprised to learn that that is not entirely correct.

  6. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  November 2, 2017

    NZ is Bugtussle Land.

    Spend any time overseas and you will be hard-pressed to find any mention of NZ, unless a major catastrophe has struck the country.

    I seriously doubt that Jacinda Ardern has any impact on the powers that manipulate world markets, world politics and the price of Tea.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  November 2, 2017

      I’m pretty sure the price of tea will be going up directly due to Jacinda.

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