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The Most Powerful Woman in the World is a Black Woman

Posted on | October 8, 2010 | 16 Comments

Source Article by Reuters.

I’ve decided to make October Black Women’s month! Time to focus on the positive. ๐Ÿ˜€

According to Forbes:

(Reuters) – First lady Michelle Obama beat out heads of state, chief executives and celebrities to rank as the world’s most powerful woman in Forbes magazine’s annual listing on Wednesday.

The Most Powerful Woman in the World. (Awesome)

And third on the list is:

talk show host and media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who is ending “The Oprah Winfrey Show” next year after 25 years to launch her cable network OWN.

The Third Most Powerful Woman in the World.

And why were they chosen by Forbes?

the women on the business magazine’s list were “shaping many of the agenda-setting conversations of the day.”

The power of black women. Use it wisely.

Guess who was in 9th place?

singer Beyonce Knowles.

And there you have it. In the top 10 of the most powerful women in the world, three were African American women.

Think about your own power ladies, and use it wisely.

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16 Responses to “The Most Powerful Woman in the World is a Black Woman”

  1. Vonnie
    October 8th, 2010 @ 8:53 AM

    yay for black women doing big things as always and getting recognized for it ๐Ÿ™‚ Go ladies!

  2. Yellowmoon
    October 8th, 2010 @ 12:44 PM

    I just want to point out that from a statistical perspective, this list just shows that American black women wield global influence in numbers that far, far outstrip their actual percentage of the world’s population.

    American black women are an extremely tiny percentage of the world’s population, and for them to place three women in the Top 10 of the world’s most powerful women (including the No. 1 spot) is an accomplishment of the nth degree.

    I would submit to you that there is no other group of human beings IN THE WORLD that has such outsized influence compared to their numbers. It is a stunning and breathtaking accomplishment.

    Yes, indeed, we are all that, thank you for asking (lol).

    GoldenAh: That’s right! Say it again, Yellowmoon! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Don’t ever forget how fabulous, awesome and powerful you are ladies! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. lostkitty
    October 8th, 2010 @ 3:15 PM

    I am proud to have Michele Obama as our First Lady. But she is not powerful, she is influential. Her husband is powerful. Oprah is mostly influential, with very limited power and Beyonce also is influential. There is a difference between power and influence but people often use the 2 words interchangeably.

  4. daphne
    October 8th, 2010 @ 4:55 PM

    Oprah is mostly influential, with very limited power

    What now? Oprah has limited power? I’m gonna have to disagree with you, lostkitty. You don’t launch your OWN network with just influence. I get your point about people conflating power and influence, but to say Oprah has limited power, I don’t understand.

    Technically, no one has unlimited power, so I don’t understand what you mean. I also think many people assume that political power is the only type of power that can be wielded effectively.

    Not to mention, influence is a type of power, IMO. Power is usually associated with men (and perceived tangible or conspicuous), and influence with women (perceived intangible or inconspicuous); influence is often underestimated and undervalued. Which is okay by me, because I’d rather be stealth with my power than have a giant target on my back. That’s just me, though.

    I would submit to you that there is no other group of human beings IN THE WORLD that has such outsized influence compared to their numbers. It is a stunning and breathtaking accomplishment.

    Very good point, Yellowmoon!

  5. sky
    October 8th, 2010 @ 6:03 PM

    Whoa! take that haters!!!! BW are doing big things!

  6. lostkitty
    October 8th, 2010 @ 7:09 PM

    daphne:
    Iโ€™m gonna have to disagree with you, lostkitty,

    lostkitty:
    No problem. I am not interested in debating the difference between power and influence. They are not one and the same but if you feel that they are, then you are as entitled to your opinion as I am to mine. I was not trying to take anything away from these women by saying that they are not powerful and their sex is not the reason I think they are not powerful.

    Oprah is very intelligent, a great businesswoman and very wealthy–that is why she has her own network; she is very powerful with regard to running her own organization, but outside of that she has a lot of influence on people. When we read books and try a diet because she recommends them, that is influence, not power. Our President is a powerful man but he is not wealthy and he does not own a network. And right now he has lost most of the influence he had with the American public when he first took office.

    Power, wealth, authority and influence can overlap but they are not the same.

    GoldenAh: Oh, that’s fascinating. I like your examples. Would you care to elaborate more? I’m curious to see an example for each word. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Zipporah
    October 8th, 2010 @ 8:05 PM

    It’s about time we start focusing on the positive; we black women are still women and need to be treated like ladies; but first, we need to start acting like ladies; open up a ‘charm school’ for little girls black, white, whatever, It would be nice if black women ran it though–pre-teen 10-15 yrs old. Makeup, hair, etc. thats not like little hoochies.

    GoldenAh: I don’t know about charm schools out in the real world – I’m sure they exist. That would be wonderful to highlight a few.

    On my BWE page, there are quite a few blogs where the ladies give a lot of good advice regarding makeup, hair, manners, etc.

    Some of them have commented here as well. Unfortunately, I don’t break the links into categories. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. daphne
    October 8th, 2010 @ 11:22 PM

    Like Goldenah, I’m curious as well. Especially since 3 out of the 4 (power, wealth, authority, influence) are largely dependent each other, at least in the Western world.

    lostkitty, do you have an example of a woman you feel has power?

  9. Amanda
    October 9th, 2010 @ 12:25 PM

    Oprah is very intelligent, a great businesswoman and very wealthyโ€“that is why she has her own network; she is very powerful with regard to running her own organization, but outside of that she has a lot of influence on people.

    She has economic power. Political power is great and all, but it’s those with money with the most power. Oprah has donated to many HBU’s and others within the bc (even though these same people will act as though she does nothing for the bc). She has influence as well, but influence can be used as and for power. She also started her own school, because she has the money/power to do so. Black people have more economic power than most, but we don’t know how to wield it.

    I think Michelle has her own power. The reason I say this is, because she didn’t fall for the Okey Dokey about what a bw is supposed to be. Because of that many bw and girls are influenced by her as well as others who are non-black

    GoldenAh: So much power, and it’s going to waste. Oh, the agony of it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Amanda
    October 9th, 2010 @ 2:07 PM

    This is interesting as well
    om/blog/women-business/why-women-prefer-influence-over-power/829

    Then again I like reading books like the 48 Laws of Power by Rogert Greene

    The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Balthasaar Gracian

    The Prince by Machiavelli as well as Discourses on Livy which is about establishing a republic

    The Art of War by Sun Tzu

    John Locke etc.

    During my early college years I was thinking about studying government.



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