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Forbes: Most powerful women 2010

Recently Forbes has published a list of the most powerful women. I find it quite controversial as it contains the names of women politicians, business executives, and pop stars. Forbes explains: «We've come up with a new ranking of the female power elite that reflects the New Order of now. When we set out to identify this year's list, we decided it was time to look up and out into the broader culture. Our assessment is based less on traditional titles and roles and more on creative influence and entrepreneurship. They have built distinctive companies and brands and championed weighty causes, sometimes through unconventional means; in other cases, they have broken through gender barriers.» While this approach is understandable, I don't think it's fair to try to create a single list for women (and men as well) who have achieved success in totally different careers. I don't take it serious when I see a head of state ranked next to a pop star, do you?

And besides, there is not a single Russian woman on the list, which proves once again that Russian women are so much behind in their careers.


Farona's picture

I have never been a huge fan

I have never been a huge fan of forbes ‘criteria’ as they never entirely disclose that. It’s highly subjective. I think the whole powerful list of women should have ranked according to their profession rather than pairing head of states with business women. Each sector present a different set of challenges. And it should be recognized by highlighting the front runner within that sector, in this way we could have powerful women in tech, science, education, business and pop industry.

If ‘breaking gender barriers’ is one of their criteria then why Queen Rania of Jordan is at 76th ? And what do we understand by Forbes's 'New Order of Now' ?

Anna Malinovskaya's picture

I totally agree

I totally agree

Anna Malinovskaya

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Yeah right!

I second the motion!

Emie Zozobrado

olowotee's picture

'New Order of Now'

....the very wierd..list.

Ruth Beedle's picture

Not to worry....

...Forbes is selling magazines, not really looking into the hearts and minds of women making a huge difference where they live and love and work and play. And as for a Russian woman NOT making the list..... that's probably not a BAD thing! Making some 'list' such as this means nothing in the whole scheme of things. Writing from your heart and your truth always will.... even if Forbes never notices. Others will.

gunu_k's picture

Pulse is more powerful than Forbes

Hi Anna,
you are on the pulse list by becoming a member and that makes you more powerful than any woman on the forbes list. Primarily because the pulse list is non hierarchical and it voices the concerns of the vast majority of women who are oppressed by patriarchal structures. It has to be noted that the forbes list consists of women who have accepted the oppressive structure that prevails and marginalises the vast majority of women. so i agree with Ruth that it is indeed fortunate for you that there is not a single Russian woman on the list. Indeed it is imperative that we question the accepted definition of power. why should a few people be powerful at the expense of the vast majority.?

Subhadra Khaperde

bd's picture

I don't believe the hype!

Hi Anna!

I agree with you! And, I think that Russian women aren't "behind" in their careers, but that the standards to which (everyone) is measured are absolutely unreasonable. To me, Forbes is a representation of neoliberal corporate supremacy, not concerned in the best interests of the planet, but obsessed with economic power and dominance. Not my cup of tea, thank you.

Whenever I see this kind of bunk in magazines, I feel inspired to continue to set my own standards of success.

Go for it, sister!

Never doubt in the dark what you saw in the light.

frederica Maima David Gibson's picture

It is Controversial,

what kind of measurement did they use? yes my president was 86 on the list, she is good and hope she was in the first 10, It is not the mountain....... it is ourselves, Frederica,

This my new email address
note that freddygibs is no longer my email address as it was hacked,

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