Women are the future and they always have been. The question is who is leading this new female empowerment and who has been? A look throughout history can quickly depict that we have had brilliant females who have changed the world for the better. We are going to check out five of these woman and why they are so wonderful.

1.Angela Merkel

This brilliant woman is currently the Chancellor of Germany and not to mention she is number one on Forbes top 100 most powerful woman list. As populist, right-wing political movements spring up around the world, many have labeled Germany’s Chancellor as the last bastion of Western liberal power.

Merkel, who faces a challenging reelection bid in 2017, has been tasked with maintaining a united European front in the wake of Brexit, balancing growing Russian influence on the continent and managing more than 1 million migrants who have entered Germany in recent years.

2. Hillary Clinton

Clinton may have lost the 2016 election but that doesn’t move her spot on Forbes list either.

Hillary Clinton was the first and only former First Lady to run for public office, the first woman to be elected a U.S. senator from New York, and the first woman to become a Democratic nominee for U.S. President — an election that she lost in November 2016 to Donald Trump. Clinton ranked #2 on Forbes’ Power Woman list in 2016.

3. Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates has cemented her dominance in philanthropy and global development to the tune of $4.2 billion in giving in 2015 and more than $36.7 billion in grant payments since she founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with her husband in 2000. Her work has inspired other big donors and has changed way funders think about effective philanthropy: highly targeted campaigns coupled with data-driven monitoring and global collaboration.

This doesn’t even include the amount of money that her and Mr. Gates bring in as a mutual income.

4. Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde was reelected in February 2016 to a second five-year term as head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the organization that serves as economic advisor and backstop for 188 countries. When she took over in 2011, the world economy was still recovering from the financial crisis, and the IMF from an institutional one. In the ensuing years, Lagarde has managed to enroll countries as diverse as China, Russia and Britain into the IMF’s brand of fiscal discipline, even as they bridle at the stern conditions of her structural loans. She has also lent the institution a “more human face by addressing issues like gender and income inequality,” U.S. Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen wrote in a 2016 Time profile. Following Brexit, Lagarde must work with a divided Europe to ensure a stable economic recovery on the continent, particularly in Greece.

5. Oprah

Ringing us in at number 5 Oprah has been on this list for over two decades. Her social rights empowerment for women and minorities has been a beautiful journey to Oprah’s success and her many fans and followers.

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