Most Powerful Women in Politics Around the World

Standing at the forefront of politics many women prove the stereotypes wrong by reshaping the world around us. While the number of women in politics is still far away from parity with men, the number of female leaders is continuously increasing. According to Forbes Magazines annual list the following women have the power to alter the course of our history.

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

Serving her fourth term in the office, Angela Dorothea Merkel has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005. Stereotypes are no barrier for Merkel. She managed to not only prove that a woman can hold her own in the male dominated field, but also that her upbringing in East Germany presents no issue for entering West-German dominated politics.

 

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Former US Secretary of State and currently the founder of the Onward Together political action organization, Hillary Clinton’s impact on politics is hard to ignore. Despite losing the 2016 US Presidential Elections her impact in the political field is far from being erased. Clinton still stands for her and her voters’ views and her work within the organization proves it.

 

Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff

For all the controversy surrounding her impeachment in 2016, Dilma Rousseff holds an important role in the Brazil’s political history. Rousseff answer to all the allegations is that she stands for truth and justice. Despite being banned from running for the political office again for 8 years, she doesn’t waver from her defense position as she appealed the decision through Supreme Court.

Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi

She held the position of the president of the Indian National Congress since 1998 before her recent resignation. It comes to no surprise that she held this position longer than anyone before her as she was able to move the Indian National Congress from the stagnated state to one victory after another.

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

Although she campaigned on the behalf of her husband, there’s no denial that Barack Obama’s election and later on the re-election greatly relied on her input. Throughout her career she managed to become an advocate for poverty, education and women rights. The end of her husband’s presidential term won’t stop her activity in those fields as she never shrunk in the light of his career.