Aug 24 2012

Forbes’ most powerful women in the world list lacks Canadians

Forbes released its 2012 list of most powerful women in the world. Of all the women listed — 100 of them – only one Canadian made the cut: Sue Garner, executive director of Wikimedia Foundation, and a former CBC employee. That means, a mere 1 per cent is Canadian.

Here is Forbes’ Top Five Most Powerful Women in the World for 2012:

5. New York Times executive editor, Jill Abramson
4. Philanthropist, Melinda Gates
3. Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff
2. U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton

And the most powerful woman in the world is:

1. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel

I’m not  clear on how Forbes exactly determines who makes this list, or not (other than it’s based on influence, amount of money they control and media presence). The lack of a strong Canadian presence does not go unnoticed. Surely there could have been more Canadian women on this list. We have a country of remarkable women who are impacting the world, from humanitarians to entrepreneurs to philanthropists to journalists to women making advances in science and technology.

To Forbes: take a closer look north of the border.

What powerful Canadian woman would you like to see make this list?

 

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