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With the changes that have been taking place in the international industry, several women have been taking more and more control of large companies, including Latin American ones
Women face different difficulties in the business world, such as the implicit sexism that exists in this sector. However, several have managed to get ahead and, in fact, they become figures of great power in the international economy. These have excelled, not only in their ventures but in the entertainment industry, politics, economics, technology, and international organizations of significant influence.
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Forbes launched a list of the 100 most powerful women this year, and among these are some with essential roles for the global economy.
1. Christine Lagarde
According to the publication, she is the third most powerful woman in the world. French lawyer and politician, Lagarde has been the director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since 2011. She has given financial guidance to the 189 member countries of the organization, including countries such as China, Russia, and the United Kingdom. In addition to this, Lagarde has also handled various economic crises such as that of the eurozone. In 2009, the Financial Times named her one of the best finance ministers in the Eurozone.
On the other hand, the director of the IMF has also worked to convince different central banks to adopt digital currencies as a legitimate option to provide money to the digital economy.
2. Mary Barra
She is located in the fourth place of this list. In addition, the BBC named her in June as the most powerful woman in the business world, as well as the first in command of an automotive giant. Barra, of North American origin, is president and executive of General Motors and has invested trillions of dollars in the electric vehicles and automated cars industry.
She joined the company at age 18 and has worked in several areas such as manufacturing engineering, human resources, and human development. She has been ascending from the moment she entered. In addition, she is the first woman to be in charge of an automotive company worldwide.
The fifth most powerful woman, according to Forbes, has been the CEO of Fidelity Investments since 2014. The North American is an entrepreneur and investor that has been inaugurating projects as a cryptocurrency platform to make digital assets more accessible to investors, and a company of "millennial-friendly" with funds without interest rates.
Johnson, who owns about 24.5% of the company, has given priority to women by moving around $ 22 trillion in assets to this sector.
4. Ana Patricia Botín
The Spanish, who is in eighth place, has been the president of Banco Santander since 2014, after the death of her father. Botín has been dedicated to entrepreneurs by supporting small businesses, especially businesses led by other women. On the other hand, she also launched Santander X, in order to promote university entrepreneurship. Likewise, Botín helped create a multi-sector blockchain platform for her country.
5. Michelle Bachelet
She is also among the 100 most powerful women in the world. She was the first woman to be president of Chile and, since she started in 2004, she has worked really hard to empower women in the country. After her presidential career, Bachelet was named High Commissioner of the United Nations for Human Rights this year.
In addition to the Forbes list, the Association of Latino Professionals for the Americas (ALPFA), presented mid-year a list of the most powerful Latin American women in the corporate world. Here there are 50 executives who work in companies that belong to the Fortune 500 and that have been chosen according to a series of criteria.
6. Geisha William
She is first in this list. Of Cuban descent, this woman is the CEO and president of Pacific Gas & Energy (PG & E), one of the largest natural gas and electric power companies in the Americas. This company has more than 20,000 employees and provides renewable energy to 16 million people in California. Williams is the first Latin American woman to lead a company that belongs to the Fortune 500.
7. Sonia Dulá
This Mexican is an entrepreneur and economist, she is now the vice president of the Bank of America in Latin America, as well as CEO of Grupo Latino de Radio, which operates more than 500 radio stations around the continent. Dulá has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as the administrative councils of the Council of the Americas, Women's World Banking and The Stanford Business School Management Board.
LatinAmerican Post | Valentina Moya
Translated from "7 de las mujeres más poderosas de la economía mundial"