The International Women’s Day is celebrated for the purpose of establishing women`s status in every field of life, ensuring their equal rights and empowering women. On the other hand, the day also honored the women who are already at the top of power and influence the life of others.
The women have literally gone a long way. They are able to make their place among the influential people of the world through their intellect, decision making ability and qualifications. In the year 2007, a prominent business magazine, Forbes published a list of the world`s 100 most influential women on their website. According to them, these women have been equally influencing the politics, business, technology, and humanitarian sectors as well their male counterparts.
The German Chancellor Angela Dorothea Merkel is on the Forbes top list for seven consecutive years and the total of 12 times. After entering politics in 1990, after exceeding many adversities, and achieving duties in various important positions, she achieved the country`s highest executive post. She is the first woman in German history and the elected Chancellor of long-term power. Since 2005, she is still continuing her job successfully. She has been ranked number one on the list of world`s influential personality according to many analysts, due to her operational guidelines on Syrian refugee problem and Greece`s economic problems in the past few years. Her followers called this powerful woman `Mummy`.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is the second powerful in Forbes list. She is the second female Prime Minister of the country`s history. This former Oxford student was elected as an MP in 1997. She was elected as Home Minister in 2010. She has been the longest serving Home Minister since 1982.
The wife of Microsoft company owner Bill Gates and co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the third powerful woman in Forbes` list. After 1987, she joined Microsoft. She participated in the development of various multimedia projects of Microsoft. The Gates Foundation was formed in 1998 to provide services to people in various sectors including education and health. The company has donated nearly 27 billion dollars so far. She has received some honorary doctorates from home and abroad praising her charity works.
Facebook CEO Sheryl Kara Sandberg is the fourth most powerful person in Forbes list. She is also an activist and writer. After graduating from Harvard University, she joined the World Bank. Later, she was working as Vice President of Global Online Sales of Google. In 2008, she joined Facebook on request of Mark Zuckerberg. That year she became the world`s top 10 strongest women in the list of world technology. She is the first woman member of Facebook`s board of directors. In 2012, she was listed among the 100 most influential people in the world by the Times Magazine.
Mary Barra CEO of General Motors is the fifth in Forbes` list. Mary Barra was appointed as the first female CEO in the history of the nearly a century old General Motors in 2014. Under her leadership, this car maker organization has invested US $ 5.4 billion in the United States. Not only the Forbes, this woman is ranked number five on the list of world`s powerful women by the Times and Fortune Magazines.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh`s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is ranked 30th in the list of 100 strong women in the world this year. Her position last year was 36th. Forbes called her `Lady of Dhaka`. She is not only elected for the third time as Prime Minister of Bangladesh, she is the only politician; who has been the leader of the country`s largest political party Awami League for 36 years. Her ability to mix with the common people, political wisdom, bravery and personality bring her respect and fame from the renowned institutions of the country and abroad and most importantly the love of the greater mass.