Thursday, May 29, 2014

Global Impact: FORBES Selects 2nd-Time Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as One of World's Most Influential Women

According to The Latin American Tribune, FORBES, has selected Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, 62, as one of the world’s most influential women, government officials said on Wednesday (May 29).

The former director of UN Women appears in the No. 25 spot among the world’s most powerful women, according to the list published by FORBES annually.

As a result of a communiqué from the president’s office, Bachelet is one of four Latin American leaders among the top 30 spots on the list.

Also selected among the most influential was Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez and the CEO of Petrobras, María Das Gracas Silva.

COMMENT: This year’s list is headed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, followed by the head of the US Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen.

The publication said that Bachelet received 62% of the votes upon her election to her second term as president, adding that the Chilean leader ended her first 2006-2010 mandate with popular support of 84% and later became the executive director of the UN Women organization.

FORBES also emphasized some of the elements of her current government program, including implementing 50 measures in her first 100 days in office, as well as initiating a thorough review of the country’s educational system and reforming the Constitution.