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The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women?

Forbes’ The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women

Going through the list this year, it is not difficult to see the wide assortment of women from all different parts of the world. But something about this list does not sit right in the stomach.

It is no surprise that Angela Merkel took the top spot on the Forbes 100 of the most powerful women. This is Merkel’s fifth consecutive year at #1 on the list. But I doubt very much that she sits around all year just waiting for its release. The German Chancellor has been busy doing everything from battling national recession to negotiating a peace deal with Putin.

She isn’t the longest-serving EU elected head of state by sheer coincidence.

But how does one decide who is the most powerful woman in the world? What puts Merkel ahead of Hillary Clinton? (Taking second place on the list)

Forbes has it down to -quite literally- a science. Beginning with a list of 300 candidates, 100 are chosen and filed under one of eight categories: billionaires, business, celebrity, finance, media, philanthropy and intergovernmental organizations, politics and technology.

Within each of these categories four factors are applied: money, media presence, spheres of influence and impact.

Do most of the women on that list really invest much in it? No, because that’s what makes them successful. But where else would Queen Elizabeth II and Ellen DeGeneres cross paths?

T Swift comes in at #64 as the youngest woman on the list (I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 2…5)

#82 goes out to… Shakira?

The attention society pays to meaningless media is a big part of why the Kardashians even exist. So, by all means have your fun browsing but leave it at that and don’t release a book of all of your selfies.

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Christine Smith
Christine is living an east coast lifestyle in Canada's capital. One of those odd duck artsy types, she will one day accept her destiny as the scatter-brained history professor. Until then, (& extremely late Hogwarts letter permitting) she has her heart set on being Indiana Jones. Contact Chris: