Thursday, August 20, 2009

Palin D-Listed By Forbes

There was some kind of brou-ha-ha spreading itself around last week or so that Palin is somehow so powerful that she can "influence healthcare policy" by posting on her Facebook blog. Another roll your eyes, try to ignore the idiocy meme that got up on its shaky legs for a minute before collapsing in a heap. The idea that Palin now exercises any type of power whatsoever makes good gossip, background noise or chitter chatter, and that's about it.

Forbes Magazine just released their annual accounting of the 100 most powerful women in the world. It will no doubt come as a huge surprise to Conservatives4Palin that their icon does not grace this indicator. Instead, the list is populated by women exercising real leadership in the areas of commerce, business and politics.

Let's face it, Palin's level of power belongs on the curled end of a rolled out list somewhere slightly above Orly Taitz perhaps, but well below Katie Couric and even Tina Fey. Certainly she ranks nowhere near Mary Erdoes. Never heard of Mary? Mary isn't known for her favorite high heels or her power shopping, or even her own barbarous war on wildlife. It seems that Mary Erdoes, dead last on this year's Forbes list of 100 women, exercises her very real and considerable powers as the Chairman of JP Morgan Global Wealth Management relatively quietly and without ever once making a comedian apologize or starting an argument with a blogger. Amazing, no?

Women who exercise real power in the US political sphere include: #36 Hillery Clinton US Secretary of State, #35 Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House, and Cabinet Members Janet Nepolitano #51 and Katherine Sibeleus at #56. First Lady Michelle Obama joined the fray at #40 and Sonia Sotomeyer also debuted at #54. Women from around the world populated the list, including Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany at #1.

Of course, none of the successful women above ever considered it a great career move "not to go with the flow" and resign abruptly from office, twitter their way into William Shatner's shtick, or use a ghostwritten Facebook page to telegraph their "brand."

Let's give a moment of positive reinforcement to these women who help run the world every day with dignity and style~

1 Angela Merkel Chancellor Germany
2 Sheila Bair Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. U.S.
3 Indra Nooyi Chief executive, PepsiCo U.S.
4 Cynthia Carroll Chief executive, Anglo American U.K.
5 Ho Ching Chief executive, Temasek Singapore
6 Irene Rosenfeld Chief executive, Kraft Foods U.S.
7 Ellen Kullman Chief executive, DuPont U.S.
8 Angela Braly Chief executive, WellPoint U.S.
9 Anne Lauvergeon Chief executive, Areva France
10 Lynn Elsenhans Chief executive, Sunoco U.S.
11 Cristina Fernandez President Argentina
12 Carol Bartz Chief executive, Yahoo U.S.
13 Sonia Gandhi President, Indian National Congress Party India
14 Ursula Burns Chief executive, Xerox Corp. U.S.
15 Anne Mulcahy Chairman, Xerox Corp. U.S.
16 Safra Catz President, Oracle U.S.
17 Christine Lagarde Minister of Economy, Finance & Employment France
18 Gail Kelly Chief executive, Westpac Australia
19 Marjorie Scardino Chief executive, Pearson Plc. U.K.
20 Chanda Kochhar Chief executive, ICICI Bank India
21 Mary Sammons Chief executive, Rite Aid Corp. U.S.
22 Michelle Bachelet President Chile
23 Paula Reynolds Chief restructuring officer, AIG U.S.
24 Carol Meyrowitz Chief executive, TJX Companies U.S.
25 Andrea Jung Chief executive, Avon U.S.

Check out the entire list of 100 women here and here.

And for a really refreshing take on the healthcare debate, a visit to is a must! These people have the magic formula down - protesting with style, humor and fun while making their point very very clear to any sentient being and completely befuddling the poor devils that show up to protest against their own interests. Check it out!


Anonymous said...

wonder how bad her tantrum was when she saw she wasn't on the list...

debinOH said...

I don't think she would have had a tantrum because first she would have to read Forbes.

SoCalWolfGal said...

Thank you so much for this article. It still never ceases to amaze me that the C4P crowd and all the rest of Sarah Palin's followers are so duped by this woman who clearly has zero leadership qualities, no tenacity for seeing a job through, and who also happens to be the most self-centered person on the planet it would seem.

Anonymous said...

Just a note about your link to the entire list of 100 women. Turns out to link to last year's list, complied at the end of August 2008. Secretly, I was looking to see where Oprah fell on the list when I found such entries as Senator Clinton and First Lady Laura Bush.

As for this year's list, since Forbes is a business oriented magazine, I think that this list of powerful women is about leadership, heads of companies and powerful political positions. Queen Elizabeth is #42! Other important US political figures include Michelle Obama #40, Oprah #41, Nancy Peolosi #35, Hillary Clinton #36. Both women Supreme Court Justices are on the list, too.

Forbes compiled a list of influential women in media. After Oprah they listed Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Ellen Degeneres and Tyra Banks.

Frankly, there are many other important women in American politics, in Congress, in the Senate, in the Cabinet and also serving as governors-- they are not listed, and Sarah would come much further down the list after them. Even her crazy counterpart, Michelle Bachman, isn't there. Michelle gets attention for saying weird stuff, but that is not power or influence. That's just shoving her way into the spotlight by crowding out more reasonable voices.

What is amazing is to see so many women throughout the world in positions of power, and being recognized as people of influence. Considering that women in the US were granted the right to vote less than 100 years ago (1920) we've come a long way. Other nations granted their women this right earlier than the US. The Woman Suffrage Timeline is interesting reading.

Helen said...

Thanks Anon, the link to the list has been corrected. Actually I put in two links, one takes you to just the list, the other takes you to the Forbes page that talks about the list and gives options for looking at it by rank, occupation, etc...

LisaG said...

The billionaires! what great street theater...its good to see liberals rising to the argument, not taking the hate bait, and having a great time while doing it. Ransanking through my closet for my tiara...

higs said...

As I saw a mudflatter post, "I guess she'll have to wait till the Demagogues, Liars and Megalomaniacs" list comes out.

jEDI said...

You know when you run down that list you get a sense of respect for women that conduct their business life like professionals. It really sets off Palin's behaviors as strange and clownish.

The Wind said...

::: woosh :::

Helen said...

ha ha the Wind must hope to rush through that vast expanse in a hurry.

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Helen said...

Welcome Margaret and thanks especially for commenting.