Ranked by money, media momentum, spheres of influence and impact, the list encompasses a broad range of careers, ages and countries. The methodology used to compile the list is available here, and the full list is here.
The accomplishments and figures represented by and representing these women are stunning. For example, the 2014 list features:
- Nine heads of state who run nations with a combined GDP of $11.1 trillion with 641 million citizens — including the No. 1 Power Woman, German Chancellor Angela Merkel
- 28 corporate CEOs who control $1.7 trillion in annual revenues, and include 18 women who founded their own companies or foundations, including the youngest self-made billionaire, Sara Blakely, 43
- 13 billionaires valued in excess of $81 billion
- A total social media footprint of all 100 Power Women that exceeds 812 million followers/fans
Following the dismissal of two high-profile women in media, Jill Abramson, the executive editor of the New York Times newspaper, and Natalie Nougayrède, editor-in-chief of the French title Le Monde, Nic Subtirelu, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL at Georgia State University, used the Corpus of Contemporary American English, a database of more than 450 million words of text taken from two decades of fiction, newspapers, magazines and academic texts, to examine the frequency of descriptive words used for each gender. He found that the word “pushy” was used to decribe women twice as often as it was used to describe men. The HuffPost put together a very interesting image showing the words often used in public to describe powerful women. Denigrating women’s power makes the users of those words sound scared. Unfortunately, the users of those words are the ones wielding the overall power advantage in society.
Hamilton, Ontario’s Transitions to Home program is designed to quickly find permanent housing for men who are frequent users of the city’s emergency shelter system. Researchers from the local hospital and university found that providing prompt, permanent shelter to the city’s homeless is cheaper and more effective than trying to treat underlying conditions such as mental health or addictions first.
“Before all else, housing should be seen as a basic human right,” explained Dr. Julia Woodhall-Melnik, author of the report and a researcher at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health of St. Michael’s Hospital and post-doctoral fellow at McMaster University. “Transitions to Home rightly offers affordable, stable housing at the outset with no conditions attached. With housing in place first, people can better cope with and then resolve mental health and addiction issues and work towards achieving other personal goals.”
The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) launched its latest campaign, “I decide my future,” as world leaders began debating the replacement(s) for the Millenium Development Goals. IPPF’s goal is to gather at least one million signatures and present the petition to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in the summer of 2015. The campaign asks, “Do you decide what you do with your own body? Whether to get pregnant? Who you love and how? Shockingly, many women and men around the world are denied these basic rights by governments and by tradition.”
Media Planet recently launched a new women’s healthcare website – http://www.womenshealthadvice.co.uk/. The main categories of care are General Health; Cancer; Fertility and Pregnancy; and Menopause. Check it out!
A study of more than 1500 women in Australia found that “The prevalence of depressive symptoms at four years postpartum was 14.5 per cent, and was higher than at any time in the first 12 months postpartum.” The findings suggest an unmet need for “current services to extend surveillance of maternal mental health to cover the early years of parenting, and [the authors] recommend the integration of core mental health services within routine primary healthcare (antenatal and postnatal visits).” Yes! Mental healthcare needs to become a regular, normalised aspect of all primary healthcare provision.