What do Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Ellen DeGeneres have in common (besides general awesomeness)? They’re all made the Top Ten of the newly released Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list. Man, what I would give to see them all go out for drinks together to celebrate.
Leading the pack is the First Lady of the United States. She is heralded as “Jackie Kennedy with a law degree from Harvard and street sense from Chicago’s South Side.” Her campaign against childhood obesity is commended and I, in a way that in no way diminishes her very impressive credential and accomplishments, would also like to personally commend her arms. FLOTUS guns for the win.
The full of the Top 10:
1. Michelle Obama, First Lady
2. Irene Rosenfeld, Chief Executive Kraft Foods
3. Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and media mogul
4. Angela Merkel, German Chancellor
5. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
6. Indra Nooyi, Chief Executive PepsiCo
7. Lady Gaga, singer and performance artist
8. Gail Kelly, Chief Executive Westpac
9. Beyonce Knowles, singer and fashion designer
10. Ellen DeGeneres, talk show host
It’s worth mentioning that entertainers Gaga, Beyonce and Ellen beat out Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (No. 11), professional maverick Sarah Palin (No. 16) and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (No. 19). The next entertainer doesn’t pop up on the list until No. 21: Angelina Jolie.
Other notable entertainment types on the list include Madonna (No. 29), Chelsea Handler (No. 33), Heidi Klum (No. 39), Sarah Jessica Parker (No. 46), Twilight author Stephenie Meyer (No. 49), Rachel Maddow (No. 50), Serena and Venus Williams (No. 55 and No. 60), Suze Orman (No. 61), Gisele Bundchen (No. 72), Rachael Ray (No. 78), Danica Patrick (No. 93) and Martha Stewart (No. 99).
These sorts of lists are always strange. How does the potty-mouthed host of Chelsea Lately have more power than the influential White House advisor Elizabeth Warren (No. 37), Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (No. 41) and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (No. 58), exactly?
Also, glaringly missing from the list is Harry Potter whiz J.K. Rowling. Um, does that mean Forbes is Team Edward and not Team Harry?
In press coverage of the list so far, Gaga’s ascent from nowhere on the list to the Top 10 has made the most hay. Though no entertainers cracked the 2009 Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list at all.
So, what do you think? Agree with the list? And is this the inevitable first step to Lady Gaga ruling the universe? “Bad Romance” for National Anthem? “Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah-ah” is a lot easier to sing than “Oh say can you see” after all.