Is American girl power waning?

Forbes magazine has dropped 20 Americans from its list of the world's 100 most powerful women. This sorry state of affairs sets The Marketplace Index back one point.



Nine women from the U.S. made the list:

Jill Abramson, the new executive editor of the New York Times, debuted at No. 12.
The new host of NBC's Today Show Ann Curry debuts at No. 66.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) makes her first appearance on the list at No. 22. Susan Wojcicki, Google's senior vice president for advertising, is the new No. 16.
Twitter's vice president for international strategy, Katie Jacobs Stanton, is No. 56. Oracle's President, Safra Catz, comes in at No. 40.
Margaret Hamburg, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, is No. 21.
Helene Gayle, the CEO of the humanitarian relief group CARE, enters at No. 36.
Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust comes in at No. 83.

The 20 that fell off the list, with their 2010 ranking:

  • Maria Shriver (#53)
  • Carly Fiorina (#51)
  • Meg Whitman (#47)
  • Sheila Bair (#15)
  • Elizabeth Warren (#36)
  • Sonia Sotomayor (#19)
  • Elena Kagan (#25)
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg (#31)
  • Katie Couric (#22)
  • Meredith Vieira (#40)
  • Rachel Maddow (#50)
  • Martha Stewart (#99)
  • Rachel Ray (#78)
  • Cathleen Black (#67)
  • Chelsea Handler (#33)
  • Madonna (#29)
  • Danica Patrick (#93)
  • Tory Burch (#88)
  • Donna Karan (#91)
  • Vera Wang (#96)

Not to worry: 62 percent of the 100 women on the list are from the United States. And of those, 34 are either running or managing global businesses and brands.

About the author

Paddy Hirsch is a Contributing Editor at Marketplace and the creator and host of the Marketplace Whiteboard. Follow Paddy on Twitter @paddyhirsch and on Facebook at


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