Friday, 28 October 2011

Power Women: a Journey

When women in power stop being the news it means the fight for equal rights is over, but there is still a long way to go, particularly in China, India, Africa and the Middle East.

Anna Wintour, source:

In the United States and Europe, we're far better but there are areas that need much attention including the differences in terms of salary and career progression opportunities.

But today, women's empowerment has given a big step in the UK, after the change of the succession laws by the Commonwealth leaders.

Sons and daughters of any future UK monarch will have equal right to the throne, which means the first-born child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will take precedence even if it's a girl.

Queen Elizabeth II, source:

I'm not a feminist but strongly believe in equal rights respecting the inherent differences of men and women. We act and think differently and therefore work in distinctive ways.

I find it sad when women try to copy men when managing people, ignoring their true nature and strongest skills or misusing them, favouring people instead of focusing on their competencies and being impartial.

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, source:

If you want to find out how to achieve success, observe women who already made it, who are powerful and influential and discover who they really are and what makes them extraordinary.

Read a lot about them, you can only catch a glimpse of someone in the public eye if you do a lot of research.

Miuccia Prada, source:

In an era of global information moving at the speed of light, there are vast amounts of information available so we need to make the most of it but with an inquisitive mind, not believing everything and having at least three reliable sources.

Diane Von Furstenberg, source:

But who are the most prominent women in power today? Forbes selected The world's 100 most powerful women based not only on their money and might but also on their reach and influence.

Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Dilma Rousseff, source:

This year's number one in the ranking is the German Chanceller Angela Merkel, followed by the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and the Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff.

Regarding the fashion industry, the Brazilian supermodel Gisela Bundchen is the 60th most influential woman, followed by the U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Miuccia Prada and Diane Von Furstenberg.

Lady Gaga and Beyonce, source:

Music ladies are far ahead of the game, with Lady Gaga and Beyonce amongst the first 20 most powerful women in the world.

Kate Middleton is not on the Forbes list but she's recognised as a woman to watch. She does have all eyes on her, not only for the eagerly awaited pregnancy news, but also for her fashion choices, scrutinised and beloved.

The Duchess of Cambridge, source:

She was radiant in a beautiful silk Jenny Packham dress when she arrived at the Foundation Polo Challenge in California and American Vogue called her U.S. visit a "Tour de Force", recognising the whole world was falling in love with the Duchess of Cambridge's style.

I'm sure she's very happy with the news that women have now equal right to the throne, it didn't make sense for men to have predominance just because of their gender when history proves a woman is perfectly capable of leading, remember Queen Victoria?

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