The 29th most powerful woman in the world

Jacinda Ardern has been named on Forbes List of 100 most powerful women at number 29. To put this into context, and to show the accuracy of the list, last year she was placed at number 13, even though she had been prime minister for only a week when the list was compiled.

I’m surprised Nania Mahuta is not also on the list, for being the first woman in parliament with a moko. Surely that shows her huge power and influence.

The list has some very interesting absences, notably the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, who has huge power of course, particularly in the arena of charity work and children’s causes, not to mention any influence she may have on the President, but as it is Melania we are talking about, she is ruthlessly excluded. The list does include Ivanka Trump, however, at number 24.

However, instead of Melania, or the Duchesses of Cambridge or Sussex, who are also omitted, we do have serious philanthropists such as Taylor Swift, Shona Rhimes, Anna Wintour and Priyanka Chopra. The list even included Serena Williams at number 79. After her disgraceful display at the US Open this year, she does not deserve to be honoured in any way. This makes a complete mockery of the list.

The list is a mockery anyway. The top 2 women of influence are Angela Merkel and Theresa May, both of whom have brought immeasurable damage to their respective countries, from which they may never recover. I guess the list indicates only the most ‘powerful’ women in the world at present; nowhere does it say that this is actually a good thing.

In releasing this year’s list of 100 most powerful women, Forbes said: quote.

“At no time has more light been shone on women leaders and the need for more diversity. From #MeToo to #TimesUp to ‘We Too’, a term most recently used to describe the rise of women’s voices in the United Nations this year, women are mobilising for change. end quote.

#metoo does not make most women proud. It simply allowed wealthy Hollywood women to grandstand against the men that gave them their break into movies, conveniently forgetting that, in most cases, they compromised themselves to advance their careers. Exactly why this movement is hailed as groundbreaking is beyond me. quote.

“The women on Forbes 15th annual Most Powerful Women list are among the toughest, smartest leaders the world has today. They are creating solutions for some of the world’s biggest problems and making their mark.” end quote.

Taylor Swift and Serena Williams are among “the toughest, smartest leaders the world has today”? I wonder what Naomi Osaka might have to say about that?

As you can see, this list is another complete joke, and an insult to women who really are changing the world, a little bit at a time.

But back to Jacinda. First of all, she was never elected; she was gifted the role of prime minister. She is an aspiring communist who cannot answer questions in the house, and who has, without consultation, destroyed our profitable oil and gas industries to make herself look good in Europe. She is ‘normalising working parenthood’ by taking her baby to the UN General Assembly – as if no one had ever had a baby before. She does photo opportunities and media interviews with the zeal of a Victoria’s Secrets model, rather than as a serious politician, and all she ever talks about is children. She should be a kindergarten teacher, not a prime minister.

I cannot think of a single thing that entitles her to a place on the list of the world’s most powerful women. Jacinda is not powerful in any way.

The world media loves her. Like Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron, they may be hailed as shining lights on the world stage, but the way they are viewed in their own countries is a different matter altogether.


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