Time Influential: Maria das Gracas Silva Foster

Maria das Gracas Silva Foster

Calling this chemical engineer one of the most powerful women in the world is an understatement. The 58-year-old is the first woman to be the head of an oil-and-gas company as CEO of Brazil's Petrobras. As the Time article explains, “Her tireless work habits earned her the nickname Caveirao, slang for the armored cars Brazilian police use to clear out slums.” Now that's a powerful Latina!

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Miranda Noland, Senior Photo Editor, Digital

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for Latina.com. She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.