If 2017 was the year that women rose up, 2018 was the year we stood our ground. Not that it was easy. While some soared (New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern became the second world leader to give birth while in office; Beyonce was the first black woman to headline Coachella), we saw other high-flying females challenged at the top (Theresa May), or even stepping down (Julia Bishop). But an undercurrent of strength and persistence ensued.
The Forbes 2018 Most Powerful Women list pays tribute to the year’s power players and history-makers. According to Forbes, the list is made up of women who “influence more than a billion people around the world, and control or influence nearly $2 trillion in revenues.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel took out the top spot for the eighth year in a row, followed by British prime minister Theresa May.
Other notable entries included Oprah (#20), Beyonce (#50), and the Queen (#23), who, as the oldest woman on the list, narrowly beat out Ivanka Trump (#24). And not a Kardashian in sight.