Modern Women's Politics
Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Indira Gandhi ... These women epitomized whole ages. With the passage of time, this list is only replenished, as with each subsequent generation of women, who play an increasingly important role in the world’s political arena.
About modern influential "iron ladies".
1. Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany
It is this 62-year-old German woman who is destined to present the modern era in the list of the most influential women politicians in the world.
Angela Merkel entered in to the politics in 1989. Then she joined the "Christian Democratic Union". Inseparable with this conservative party she is leading it since late 90's. And the post of Federal Chancellor Frau Angela took in 2005. She was the first woman at the highest post in Germany. The first and the only, because Merkel remains the Chancellor.
The policy of the German Chancellor is aimed at strengthening the unity of the EU and rapprochement with the United States. However, the last few years for Merkel were full of hard tests. As she herself admits, the most difficult test was the migration crisis in Europe, caused by the influx of refugees from Syria, where the civil war continues. Frau Angela decided to open the borders of Germany for about a million forced migrants. German Chancellor is now widely criticized for the policy of the "open doors" in the context of the refugee problem. It was after that that her rating began to go decline. However, Merkel continues to defend her position.
2. Theresa May, Prime Minister of Great Britain
If Angela Merkel struggles to maintain the integrity and cohesion of the European community, then on the shoulders of Theresa May fell the burden of Britain's withdrawal from the EU.
This 60-year-old Briton, despite being an ardent "eurosceptic", publicly insisted on the need to stay in the European Union. In the end, if it were not for Brexit, May would not have taken the chair of the Prime Minister. At the referendum, the inhabitants of the UK actively voted for an exit from the European Union. The then Prime Minister, David Cameron, resigned, saying he had no right to "be the captain of the ship" if the team was in favor of changing the course. Leading the Conservative Party, the vacant post was taken by Mrs. May, who for six years worked as Minister of the Interior in the Cameron government.
Theresa May is the second woman in the history of the UK to be a Prime Minister after the legendary Margaret Thatcher. The current leader of the government is sometimes compared to the "iron lady" and is called "the British response to Angela Merkel."
3. Hillary Clinton
The first lady of the United States, the senator, the US Secretary of State ... Until recently it seemed that the next item on this track would certainly be the post of the president of the American state. However, everyone knows how ended the presidential race in the United States. Having received a lot of support in popular elections, Hillary Clinton lost by the number of electoral votes to Donald Trump. The first female presidential candidate in America failed to become the first woman to occupy the main seat in the White House.
Clinton always thought through her decisions to the smallest detail, but she was also not immune to making mistakes. Clinton has now paused her political career. However the pause is unlikely to last long. Hillary is 70 years old, and some experts say that she intends to put forward her candidacy again during the next presidential election.
4. Christine Lagarde
The final decision on the payment of a cash tranche by the fund always remains with its managing director. Therefore, everyone wants to be friends with Christine Lagarde in the modern world.
Today, Madame Lagarde can hardly be called a politician, although her past is full of political upheavals. First of all, she is an economist, but, given her influence and political experience, not including Christine in this rating would be a big mistake.
Lagarde got used to the championship. First, she went down in history as the first female president of the international law firm Baker & McKenzie. Subsequently, the Minister of Finance among the G8 countries. By the way, in the French government, Madame Christine has occupied more than one ministerial position, also heading the ministries of foreign trade and agriculture.
In 2011, this brilliant French economist was elected as the Managing Director of the IMF. So, Christine Lagarde is the first woman to lead this influential fund. And in 2016 she was re-elected for a second five-year term, remaining the only candidate for this position.
5. Federica Mogherini
This Italian is the youngest in this ranking of the most influencial women politicians of our time. At 43, she is already the chairman of European diplomacy.
Federica Mogherini began to engage in politics from a young age. In fact, in politics, she has been two decades. In the Italian parliament began to be elected from 2008. And in 2016, she headed the Italian Foreign Ministry. In this post in the government of Matteo Renzi, she stayed for only eight months. Then she went on promotion, taking the responsible position of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security.
6. Marin Le Pen, French politician
She is called "Putin's friend". Among her pre-election promises is the initiation of a referendum on France's withdrawal from the EU. All these facts are about Marin Le Pen - a candidate for the presidency of France. The potential presidency of the leader of the right-wing radical nationalist party "National Front" for Europe can be a greater shock than Brexit and Trump combined.
Marin has considerable popular support in France (and not only). She has never been among the favorites of the presidential race however her participation in the second round of presidential elections can be easily predicted. Hopefully the French will make the right choice.
7. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
She is called the "Iron Lady of Africa". She is the first female president in the history of the Continent. The inhabitants of Liberia chose it back in 2005, and six years later Ellen was re-elected for a second term. Then, in 2011, Johnson Sirleaf, along with compatriot Lamy Gbaui, became the Nobel Peace Prize laureates. They led the mobilization of women and opposed the civil war in Liberia.
8. Michelle Bachelet
This is the most significant figure in the recent history of Chile. She has already occupied the president's chair twice. However, her path to political Olympus was long and thorny. At the time of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet she even had to spend time in Villa Grimaldi, a prison that became a symbol of violence, cruelty and inhuman suffering.
Through her political career, Michelle has passed an unusual way from the post of Minister of Health to the Minister of Defense. In 2006, Bachelet was elected president. Since the constitution of Chile does not allow two cadences in a row, the politician plunged into public activity in the United Nations. And in 2014 Michelle Bachelet managed to become the president of Chile for the second time.