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Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women Only Includes One South American

By | [email protected] | June 7, 2016 4:28pm


Forbes published its list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women yesterday, but in more important news reported by Argentine media today, guess who didn’t make the cut? Former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, that’s who.

Cristina made the list in 2014 and 2015 as numbers 19 and 16, respectively, but no such luck for her this year. And hers wasn’t the only noticeable absence either: among the women, only one South American is featured: Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, sliding in at number 18.

Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff, suspended from the presidency last month while an impeachment process is under way, is noticeably absent as well. She is the only South American to have ever made the list’s top 10 since its inception in 2004 (she was number four just last year).

Taking the helm at number one is German Chancellor Angela Merkel this year (nothing new: she’s topped the list as number one for the past six years), followed by US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and US economist Janet Yellen.

Photo via Forbes.

Photo via Forbes.

Although the lack of South American representatives on the list is unfortunate, the list as a whole marks massive leaps for women in the past decade. According to the Pew Research Center, from 2005 to 2015 the number of women in world leader positions doubled. Which is why Forbes said this year’s list was a particularly difficult one to curate.

According to Forbes, the women are evaluated in four different categories: money, media presence, spheres of influence and impact. Each of these categories are analyzed “both within the context of each woman’s field and outside of it,” the outlet states.