December 2020, Forbes released a list containing the names of women they consider the most powerful in the world. It’s a 100 long list.
Not any dishwasher organization can come that bold, but the world trusts Forbes. So we sang along. They’ve got the reputation, character, and tools to make such announcements. Why not.
I happened on the list and I got to thinking: What makes these people most powerful? Or put more lightly, what makes Forbes consider these people the most powerful women.
Women. Feminism. Female is a greater topic than any topic on the planet. We are in an age where women are rising, taking places beside their male counterparts, and even doing more.
Are these women all activists? Is that why Forbes considered them most powerful? Are they presidents and dictators? Are they super businesswomen? What do they all have?
I scrolled through the list. While I seem not to recognize a bunch of them, some names stood out.
There’s Melinda Gates – wife of Bill Gates who held the title of the world’s richest man for several years. There’s Kamala Harris – currently the Vice President of the United States of America. There’s Laurene Powell Jobs – wife of late Steve Jobs. There’s Oprah Winfrey – A media mogul and the richest black woman on the globe.
Some others on the list include Amanda Blanc, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and of course the Queen.
Although the 2021 power women emerged from different fields like technology, politics, business, finance, and media and entertainment, Scrolling through, I realized what power means on that list is influence, political power, and of course wealth.
How Do You Make the List?
There’s not a published cut clear on what Forbes looks at before placing the power tags on these women. However, I think The Times published an article last year, 5 ways to get on Forbes’s Most Powerful Women List can give a little light. It says:
- Be in the US tech industry
- Become an international leader
- Have a lot of money
- Diversify your empire
- Have a huge social media footprint.
The Times Magazine can’t be so sure. What we can all be sure of is Forbe’s has a huge committee that goes after every nominee.
I can only imagine that making it as one of the most powerful in the world comes with nothing but a burden. How would I feel to be considered one of the most powerful in the world?
But on the other side of things, you’ll realize that making it to the list is unlike a presidential seat where you have to perform.
It’s not a title. It’s a recognition of who you are. So you don’t have to live the list.
You make the list because you make the list.
Taylor Swift Made it As the Youngest Most Powerful Woman in the World.
And she’s 31.
She writes, sings, and performs for a living.
She’s also known for philanthropic works here and there.
100 years ago it would have been almost impossible for a 31-year-old to make it on the list. Today, nothing’s about age.
We have 10-year-olds kicking the world in the butt. And we also have plenty of 40-year-olds who sleep from trashcans to trashcans.
It’s an irony. The opportunities are massive. The competition is more massive.
Forbes Highlights Some of Her Achievements
Here’s to Taylor Swift
She was named the most influential person on Twitter in 2018, despite only tweeting 13 times.
Swift has won 11 Grammys over the course of her career.
She owns two Dassault Private Jets.
She made the 30-under-30 list in 2014 and 2017.
She’s one of Top 100 America’s Self-made Women 2021.
She’s one of the Top 100 Celebrities 2020.
Her Album Folklore written and produced in 2020 entirely in quarantine was the year’s first album to sell 1 million units.
Swift has leveraged her fame to encourage political action, asking fans to support the Equality Act with her 2019 single “You Need To Calm Down.”
Congrats Taylor Swift.