These are the women to watch in 2022


EEach year, the process of compiling the list of the 100 most powerful women in the world begins with an account of what happened throughout the year: who was elected, appointed or promoted to a position to be able to ? Which founders took their company to the stock market? And which women have made the greatest strides in using their voice, resources, or public platform to create lasting and meaningful change in the world?

Often, the answers to these questions provide a clear path for determining newcomers to the list. But sometimes appointments or elections are too new, or the exercise of power too little proven, to place someone on our Top 100 list.

As we note every year, just missing a ranking for our potency list doesn’t mean a woman isn’t powerful. There are so many women whose power is growing – and for some of the elite, at a rate that could earn them a spot on the list as early as next year. To that end, here are the women to watch for 2022:

Mia Mottley: The first female Prime Minister of Barbados, Mottley has had an eventful fall 2021. In November, she made a big impression on the world stage, warning leaders gathered at the UN Climate Change Conference COP26: “When are we, as world leaders, going to tackle the pressing issues?” that worry our people, whether it is the climate or the vaccines? When will the leaders lead? Four weeks later, she led her island out of the British monarchy and into its new republic life, settling Sandra mason (a woman who is also someone to watch next year) as the first local head of state. “We believe the time has come for us to claim our entire destiny. She is a woman of the ground who is honored with this honor, ”Mottley said.

Najla Bouden Romdhane: A geology teacher by training, Romdhane took office as Tunisia’s first female Prime Minister in October. Although she has some political experience – she was appointed Director General of Tunisia in charge of quality at the Ministry of Higher Education in 2011 – political observers question the real authority of Romdhane: Romdhane a was appointed to her post by a president who came into power by suspending parliament and seizing control.

Lynn Martin: On Monday, the New York Stock Exchange announced that President Stacey Cunningham would hand over her leadership to Lynn Martin, the current head of the fixed income and data services segment of the Intercontinental Exchange, a division that employs 2 500 people and generated $ 1.4 billion in revenue for the first nine months of 2021. Martin’s appointment becomes official in January, and if the consistent rankings of his predecessor Cunningham on the Power List are any indication, the own appearance de Martin could soon follow.

Angela Williams: This 50 Over 50: Impact honoree has an impressive CV: Williams received his JD and master’s degree in divinity and, early in her career, worked simultaneously as a lawyer and ordained minister. In 2018, she became the first black woman president and CEO of Easterseals, the country’s largest nonprofit dedicated to the defense of people with disabilities. And now she has an even bigger job: In September, Williams was appointed CEO of United Way, the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit. She will be his first wife and first African-American CEO, and will lead essential work to help some 48 million people protect their health and economic security.

During the year 2021, a number of female CEO-founders were the subject of high-profile and lucrative initial public offerings or capital increases. It is for this reason that the co-founder of Canva Melanie Perkins, founder of Tala Shivani Siroya, co-founder of Bumble Whitney Wolfe Herd, and co-founder of Clear Secure Caryn Seidman-Becker are all on the watch list. Each woman runs the business she helped conceptualize, each disrupts the industry in which she operates, and each is committed to using her business or wealth to make a difference for others. “If this was all about building wealth, that would be the most boring thing I could imagine,” Perkins said. Forbes in September. “It was strange when people called us ‘billionaires’ because it was never our money, we always felt like we were purely the stewards,” she later added.

Kathy Hochul: The 57th Governor of New York is the first woman in history to lead the state. Hochul took over in August after Andrew Cuomo resigned amid a slew of sexual harassment allegations and immediately got to work, implementing a series of universal masking warrants for some scenarios in New York State and announcing a $ 539 million Homeowner Assistance Fund for New Yorkers at risk of foreclosure or displacement. But her tenure could be short-lived: she is set for re-election in November 2022 and faces stiff competition from New York Attorney General Letitia James and New York Public Attorney Jumaane Williams.

Nemonte Nenquimo: An indigenous Waorani activist, Nenquimo founded the Ceibo Alliance to protect the land in her native Ecuador. His work, which has helped protect some 500,000 acres of Amazon rainforest and Waorani territory from oil extraction, has received a Goldman Award and a United Nations Environment Program “Champion of the Earth” honor. in December 2020.

In the world of media and entertainment, a new generation of women is poised to gain power, in large part due to the ways in which they are already asserting themselves on a large audience. There is a Chinese comedian Yang li, who was crowned by her country “Queen of the punchline” for the way she catches “average” men and the Franco-Malian pop star (and Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe winner) Aya Nakamura, who is one of the most streamed music stars in France. Others, like Minyoung kim, Netflix’s vice president of content for Asia-Pacific – and, more importantly, the person who was responsible for bringing “Squid Game” to our screens – are exerting their influence on culture by shaping the future of narration.

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And some, like the creator of “I Will Destroy You” Michaela coel, are shaping the future not only with the content they create, but with the guidance they have already begun to provide to those who wish to follow in their footsteps.

“Write the story that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that is uncomfortable. I challenge you, ”Coel told other writers in his September Emmy acceptance speech. “In a world that prompts us to walk the lives of others to help us better determine what we think of ourselves and, in turn, to feel the need to be constantly visible, for visibility these days seems in a way synonymous with success. Don’t be afraid to disappear, from her, from us, for a while, and see what comes to you in silence.

This is good advice. After all, there is power in stillness. And we’ll watch to see what the results are.


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