Most Influential Women of the Modern Era!!!
Woman’s life has been complicated, starting from the stone age. Of course, the condition has drastically improved now.
From labor pain to giving birth and from discrimination to violence, a lady has to keep in mind all aspects of life to live a safe and healthy life.
However, in the present, women have raised their voices and fought back against wrong. They are educated, powerful, and in control of their own lives.
This is a list of women who have inspired other women to become the best version of themselves. These women bosses have paved a path with hard work and determination for all the struggling ones out there.
|15) Safra Catz
|14) Julie Sweet
|13) Susan Wojcicki
|12) Emma Walmsley
|11) Carol Tome
|10) Gail Boudreaux
|9) Abigail Johnson
|8) Ana Patricia Botin
|7) Nancy Pelosi
|6) Mary Barra
|5) Melinda French Gates
|4) Ursula von der Leyen
|3) Kamala Harris
|2) Christine Lagarde
|1) Angela Merkel
Most Influential Women
15) Safra Catz
Safra A. Catz is an American billionaire who is the CEO of Oracle Corporation. She has been the CEO of the company starting from 2014.
Catz previously worked at DLJ, TechNetm PeopleSoft Inc, Stellent Inc, and Hyperion Solutions. After joining Oracle in 1999, the company witnessed a significant profit.
Oracle sells database software and cloud systems. The total valuation of Oracle Corporation is $260.89 billion as of 2021.
In addition, Catz became a board of directors at The Walt Disney in 2018.
All in all, she has paved a path for women interested in the tech industry by proving that everyone is possible.
14) Julie Sweet
Julie Terese Sweet is a business executive. She is a successful CEO of Accenture. Previously, she worked as an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.
In 2015, she was appointed as the CEO of Accenture. Accenture is a multinational IT and consulting company. As of 2021, the company is worth $216 billion.
The company has a total of 624,000 employees. Amidst Covid-19, the company helped connect health workers worldwide, which increased the company value drastically.
Moreover, it was used for contact tracing along with vaccine management plans.
The smart-minded CEO increased the profit of the company by 7% in 2020.
13) Susan Wojcicki
Susan Diane Wojcicki is a business executive who is the CEO of YouTube. She has been involved in the technology industry for more than two decades. In addition, she was also Google’s first marketing manager.
When Google was launched in 1999, Susan was among the 16 employees involved. She was involved during the development of Google Images, Google Doodles, and Google Books.
As of 2024, her estimated net worth is $500 million.
She has been also included in the Top 25 Most Famous Female Entrepreneurs list.
Similarly, she was named the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, America’s Self-Made Women, and Most Powerful Women, among others.
Furthermore, she advocates for Syrian refugees, increasing the involvement of females and overcoming gender discrimination in the tech industry.
12) Emma Walmsley
Dame Emma Natasha Walmsley is the CEO of GlaxoSmithKline. GSK is a multinational pharmaceutical company with its headquarter in England, and it is also the tenth-largest pharmaceutical company in the world.
The company manufactures medicines, vaccines, and many other medical products. As of 2021, the company’s worth is $113.98 billion.
Emma started working at GSK beginning in 2010. She was appointed as the CEO in 2017, making her the first woman running a huge pharma company.
Previously, she worked at L’Oreal for 17 years. Moreover, she worked for Maybelline, Garnier, and Mininurse.
Thus, we can say that she is a powerful and dynamic personality who sets distinct objectives and leads.
11) Carol Tomé
Carol B. Tomé is the CEO of UPS (United Parcel Service). Her net worth is as of 2024 is $35.1 million.
Carol was born in Jackson in Wyoming, where she learned to cook, sew, and hunt. Previously, she worked in the United Bank of Denver, Johns-Manville Corp, and Riverwood International Corp of Atlanta.
Following in 1995, she joined Home Depot, where she was appointed the Chief Financial Officer.
She helped in expanding the company from 400 stores to 2200 stores. Moreover, the share price also increased by more than 450% during her time.
After retirement from Home Depot, she was appointed the CEO of UPS.
10) Gail Boudreaux
Gail Koziara Boudreaux is a businesswoman and an athlete. She played for Dartmouth Big Green from 1978 to 1982.
Previously, she worked at Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, and UnitedHealth Group. In 2017, she became the CEO of Anthem Inc.
Anthem Inc is a health insurance provider with approximately 40 million members. The company employs more than 70,000 employees and has $86.61 billion in assets.
Gail has a net worth of $45.8 million. She has constantly been included in the list of most powerful women by Forbes.
Moreover, Boudreaux has been one of the Most Powerful People in the Healthcare industry.
9) Abigail Johnson
Abigail Pierrepont Johnson is an American businesswoman and the CEO and President of Fidelity Investments. Also, she is the chairman of Fidelity International.
The founder of Fidelity was her grandfather, Edward C. Johnson II. In 2016, Abigail was appointed the CEO and President of Fidelity.
Now, Fidelity is a huge company with $8.3 Trillion in total customer assets.
The company offers investment plans such as retirement plans, wealth management services, trading, and many other services.
Previously, she worked as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. Then, Johnson was appointed as the CEO, succeeding her father.
As of 2024, her net worth is $26.2 billion. Needless to say that she ranks among the richest females. She has constantly been ranked among the powerful and influential personality lists.
8) Ana Patricia Botín
Ana Patricia Botín-Sanz de Sautuola O’Shea is the executive chairman of Santander Group. She is the fourth successor in this position from her family business. Previously, she was the CEO of Santander in the UK.
Santander Group is a Spanish international financial company. The company is the 16th largest financial institution globally, with a total valuation of $67.28 billion.
The company is well established in America, Asia, and many other countries with more than 11,000 branches.
Ana worked at JP Morgan for eight years in the US and then worked for the Santander Group. Similarly, in 2010, she became the chief executive of Santander UK.
She is a member of the UK Prime Minister Business Advisory Board.
Additionally, she is a board member of the Coca-Cola company.
7) Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Patricia Pelosi is an American politician. Currently, she is the 52nd speaker of the US House of Representatives. As a member of the Democratic Party, she is the only woman to serve as a speaker.
She is actively involved in securing LGBTQ rights, marijuana control, immigration management, and many significant problems.
Previously, she was elected the House Minority Whip. Her speakership career took a pace starting from 2007 as the Democratic candidate for Speaker.
As of 2024, her net worth is $120 million.
6) Mary Barra
Mary Teresa Barra is the chair and CEO of General Motors. Previously, she was the executive vice president of purchasing, supply, and product development.
Mary started working for General Motors when she was 18 years of age. Slowly but surely, she made it to the top with hard work and determination.
Barra made an important decision to accelerate the development of electric vehicles, the Chevrolet Bolt, which changed the perception of electric cars. Additionally, her net worth is $193 million as of 2024.
General Motors is responsible for operating manufacture and assembly plants in the US, Canada, and other countries,
At present, GM has a total of $235.194 billion in assets.
5) Melinda French Gates
Melinda French Gates is a philanthropist and former computer scientist.
She is also the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It is a nonprofit organization that takes measures to improve the standard of life worldwide. Moreover, she is also the general manager of Microsoft.
As of 2024, her net worth is $6 billion.
Over the years, she has been awarded Padma Bhushan, Order of the Aztec Eagle, Glamour Award for The Advocate, United Nations Population Award, and more.
Furthermore, she is a women’s equality advocate.
She published a book entitled The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World in 2019, which sheds light on the failure of society to become equal for all.
4) Ursula von der Leyen
Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen is a German politician who is currently the President of the European Commission since 2019. It is the EU’s most powerful position. Previously, she worked in the Cabinet of Germany.
In addition, Ursula is a known physician.
The European Commission is the executive branch of the EU. Its functions are enacting EU laws and directing administrative operations.
Ursula is responsible for representing the Commission in EC meetings, seminars, G7 summit, G200 summits, and major debates.
Being a mother of eight children, she entered politics in the late 1990s when she served as a cabinet minister in Lower Saxony.
Then, she became the Minister of Family Affairs and Youth, followed by the Minister of Defence.
Ursula was also the first female German defense minister. Similarly, she became the deputy leader of CDU.
As of 2024, her net worth is $1.5 million.
3) Kamala Harris
We all know Kamala Devi Harris, don’t we?
She is the present vice president of the United States. Obviously, she is the first female vice president. Also, she is the first African American and the first Asian American vice president.
Harris became the vice president alongside President Joe Biden, defeating Donald Trump.
She began her career as a district attorney in San Francisco. After that, she worked as a district attorney in California.
She has actively worked on LGBTQ rights, consumer protection, public safety, and other significant problems.
As of 2024, she has a net worth of $7 million. Being the vice president of a powerful country, she is one of the influential personalities to look up to.
2) Christine Lagarde
Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde is a French politician. Currently, she holds the position of President of the European Central Bank. Previously, she worked as the managing director of the International Monetary Fund.
European Central Bank has been established in 19 European Union countries with a total of $609 billion reserves.
The bank is responsible for keeping inflation under control.
She is the first female finance minister of France (2007-2011). Moreover, she has also served in trade, agriculture, and fisheries.
Lagarde believes strongly in women’s empowerment. She firmly believes that the wage gap, participation gap, workspace discrimination still exist. And women’s empowerment can solve these problems.
Obviously, with such great power and responsibilities, she has been consistently ranked in the top powerful and influential women lists many times.
1) Angela Merkel
As we all know, Angela Dorothea Merkel is the first female chancellor of Germany. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
Previously, she served as a research scientist with a doctorate in quantum chemistry. Merkel entered politics during the Revolution of 1989. Things moved at a quick pace for her because she was a good leader.
Undoubtedly, she has been managing financial and economic relations. Merkel played a crucial role in the 2007-2008 global financial crisis. In addition, she has been focusing on energy development for the future.
All in all, she is a powerful and influential woman of this era.