Time named Angela Merkel, Germany’s first female chancellor, their 2015 Person of the Year. A woman has not been selected for this honor in almost 30 years. In 1986, Time named Corazon Aquino, the first female President of the Philippines, as their Person of the Year. Time gives many reasons for this gap in lifting up female leaders and difference makers like Chancellor Merkel. One reason is that Time’s Person of the Year “tends” to be selected based on their “institutional power.” This seems a bit strange considering the fact that Forbes ranks Chancellor Merkel as the most powerful woman on the planet. Forbes claims that she has held this rank for over 10 years. Hmm…
Dr. Connie’s Prediction: Companies such as Time will be more open to lifting up female leaders and difference makers now that institutionally powerful women, like Hillary Clinton, can retweet and support other successful females on globally connected platforms!
Congratulations Chancellor Merkel! Thanks for your voice, courage, ideas and leadership.
All Women Reading This: Go Wild with Your Leadership, Influence and Power!