This week, Forbes released its list of the world’s 100 most powerful women, and we were excited to see five Latinas included among them. One thing we noticed immediately from the list is how far Latina women have come in politics – something we should definitely be proud of!
Read a little bit about each of the women below:
Cristina Fernández: Ranked 17 on the list, Fernández is Argentina’s first elected female president and the widow of former President Néstor Carlos Kirchner, who died in October last year. Before being elected president of the South American country, the 58-year-old served as National Deputy and National Senator. She is known for her advocacy on behalf of human rights and the improvement of health, to name a few causes. This isn’t her first time on the Forbes list – Fernández was ranked 13th by the magazine in 2008, but dropped to 68th in 2010.
Dilma Rousseff: Ranked third on the list, 63-year-old Rousseff is the current president of Brazil – and the first woman to hold the position. As a young woman, Rousseff joined various Marxist guerilla groups and was jailed for two years as a result. She helped found the Democratic Labour Party, a political party in Brazil and later served as the Secretary of Energy of Rio Grande do Sul, which is the southernmost state in Brazil. Another interesting tidbit about Rousseff – she is the first economist to be elected president of Brazil.
Gisele Bündchen: Ranked 31, Bündchen is described as the first billionaire supermodel, according to Forbes. The 31-year-old Brazilian supermodel was one of Victoria’s Secret Angels from 2000 to 2006 and has been the highest paid model in the world since 2004. She’s not all beauty; Bündchen is also an environmentalist and was designated Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environmental Programme.
Ana Patricia Botín: Ranked 77, Botín is the Chief Executive Officer of Santander, UK, the British subsidiary of the banking group Santander Group. The 50-year-old, who was born in Spain, studied at Harvard University and graduated from Bryn Mawr Colllege with a degree in economics. In 2005, Botin was ranked by Forbes as the 99th most powerful woman in the world, and in 2009, the 45th.
Laura Chinchilla: Ranked 86, 52-year-old Chinchilla is the first woman to become president of Costa Rica. A graduate of the University of Costa Rica, Chinchilla also studied at Georgetown University, where she earned a Master’s degree in public policy. Among other political positions Chinchilla has served in is Minister of Justice and Vice President of the Central American country.