Are We There Yet?

Posted on November 10, 2011 by

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By: Kay

Women have come a long way in the past 56 years from writing articles such as “The Good Wife’s Guide” to becoming some of the most powerful people in the world, but are we there yet? Women have gone from being the backbone of the household to the backbone of many country’s governments and businesses. So who are the most powerful women in the world and where do they stand in conjunction to their male counterparts?

The most powerful woman in the world, according to Forbes, is Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany. As a woman with financial presence, media presence, and many spheres of influence, Angela Merkel controls the European Union and her own country. So where does this powerful woman fall compared to the men in the world? She comes in at number six according to Forbes. With only the President of China, Barack Obama, the King of Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister of Russia, and the Pope beating her out, it seems that women have earned their place with the “big boy politicians”. Only with closer examination of that list do we realize that out of the top sixty powerful people, there are only four women.

These four women include Angela Merkel, Sonia Gandhi (the President of India), Dilma Rousseff (the President of Brazil), and Hilary Clinton. All these women share the political stage with their male comrades, but only make up six percent of the top females in the world. Meanwhile on the women’s list, the United States is a leader in producing powerful women. These women take power on the political stage, the board room, and the entertainment spotlight. So if anyone is evolving the United States, it seems to be the frontrunner right?

If this is so, how come there are only 12 Fortune 500 companies run by women? This number makes up only 2.4 percent of our multi-trillion dollar industry of big business. No wonder why most of our products suit men better than women, the strings are controlled by mostly males. Most women are still waiting for a purse holder to be installed in their car, would a woman CEO at Ford actually make it happen? I guess well just have to wait and see. So as we commence these women for making such great strides in the struggle to overthrow a patriarchal system we still have a long way to go before truly finding equality in the world power system.

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