Women are the key pillars of strength; holding their families, workplaces, homes and themselves together. While many of them struggle to achieve the rights they deserve, a few other remarkable women stand up tall to create history. Their powerful contributions towards science, politics, businesses and society during the past decade have inspired many others to walk in their footsteps.
Here are the top ten most remarkable women from the past decade (2000-2009):
1. Michelle Bachelet
In places where women are intentionally kept away from power, Michelle Bachelet became the first woman president of Chile in the year 2006. She not only brought a number of opportunities for women but also contributed to gender equality and empowerment in the country.
2. Katie Couric
Katie Couric became the first solo female news anchor of CBS Evening News in 2006, making herself one of the highest paid journalist across the world. Her annual salary topped to $15 million per year, ever received by a woman!
3. Drew Gilpin Faust
In other most powerful women of the decade, including Drew Gilpin Faust who was named as the first woman president of the famous Harvard University on February 2007.
4. Melinda Gates
Known as the most influential woman in philanthropy, Melinda Gates along with her husband Bill Gates are founders of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which helps to improve the living quality for people all around the world.
5. Wangari Maathai
Talk about Africans and their rights. This woman, Wangari Maathai stood against all odds to achieve her Nobel Prize as the first environmental activist and the first black woman.
6. Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow is an American Journalist, highly known for her liberal political views. Her news show on MSNBC, ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ is the second most watched news program in the United States making her win a number of awards for her strong opinions and natural security liberalism.
7. Sandra Day O’Connor
She was the first female appointed Supreme Court Justice in the United States. Sandra’s exceptional tenure lasted from 1981-2006 where she spent most of her time on America’s most pressing and complicated cases. Her impact persists long after she retired.
8. Michelle Obama
In addition to being the first African-American First Lady of America in 2009, Michelle Obama has had a career full of inspirations. She herself is a lawyer, writer and university administrator where she later contributed in full support to her husband Barack Obama, 44th president of USA.
9. Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi
Indra Nooyi has herself consistently ranked among the world’s most powerful 100 women. She is an Indian American business administrative, who became the CEO of PepsiCo, the 2nd largest and renowned beverage industry by its net revenue. Her tenancy lasted for a good 12 years!
10. Carly Fiorina
An American businessperson and a political representative of Democrats, Carly Fiorina became the first female CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Her net worth is known to be approx. $59 million US Dollars.