WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has earned the No. 3 spot on Forbes’ 2019 World’s Most Powerful Women while German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped the list, for the ninth year in a row.
- Pelosi and Merkel were joined by 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg, American philanthropist Melinda Gates, CEO of Fidelity Investments Abigail Johnson and musician and activist Taylor Swift among others.
- The women on Forbes’ 2019 list represent women in six categories: business, technology, finance, media & entertainment, politics & policy, and philanthropy.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ranked No. 3 on Forbes’ World’s Most Powerful Women list of 2019.
This is not the first time Pelosi was included on the list as she was number 38 in 2015, but this is the highest rank the lawmaker has ever held. The California congresswoman is also the highest-ranking American woman to make it on the list.
Forbes’ World’s Most Powerful Women list of 2019 represent women in six categories: business, technology, finance, media & entertainment, politics & policy, and philanthropy.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel tops the list for the ninth consecutive year, also marking her 14th appearance on the list. Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank rose one spot to No. 2. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives takes the No. 3 spot this year. The California congresswoman is the highest-ranking and most powerful female elected official in American political history.
Forbes ranked newcomer Ursula Von Der Leyen, President of the European Commission as No. 4 and Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors as No. 5.
Also included in the list were: 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg, American philanthropist Melinda Gates, CEO of Fidelity Investments Abigail Johnson and musician and activist Taylor Swift among others.
“This year’s list of World’s Most Powerful Women is a collection of innovators and instigators who are leading on the world stage to redefine traditional power structures and forge lasting impact in every industry and sphere of influence,” said Moira Forbes, Executive Vice President, Forbes and President, ForbesWomen. “As we come to the close of the current decade, our 2019 listees remind us of the huge strides that have been made by women, and the great opportunity they have to define the decade ahead.”
When determining Pelosi’s ranking on the list, Forbes took into consideration her role in the U.S. government as the first woman to hold the speakership in American history. In addition, Pelosi’s unwillingness to back down to President Trump and other political figures has earned her national praise and recognition.