The business world is still a tough place for women, and unfortunately, women are still fighting for equal pay in the 21st century. And it’s not just everyday women who have to deal with this issue. Thanks to Jennifer Lawrence and Sandra Bullock we are now aware that there’s even a gender pay gap in Hollywood.
However, many women have found their way to the top, and are using their position to fight for the rights of women. Girls definitely run the world, and are slowly starting to appear on all the lists of influential and powerful people in the world.
Women have not only shown that they are powerful businesswomen, but that they are also great mums who can be awesome at everything they do.
10. Kate Middleton – Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge’s role is demanding, and people constantly expect a lot from her. But she somehow always manages to satisfy us. Whether she is attending a movie premiere or doing charity work, Kate Middleton always has a smile, a gorgeous dress and is on top of every situation.
With a net worth of $1 million she is the mother of Prince George, 2 and Princess Charlotte, newborn. She is however busy raising awareness in order to help children in need, especially ones with mental health issues. She has achieved a lot through her charity work and she has inspired other people to donate and help.
9. Michelle Obama – First Lady, lawyer and writer
Michelle Obama is the First Lady, she’s also a lawyer and a writer, and it seems as if there’s nothing she can’t do. She is a mother of two children – Malia Ann Obama, 17, and Natasha Obama, 14. Being First Lady requires a lot of hard work and dedication, however, she doesn’t neglect her private life and family traditions.
In September, she even spoke to young girls about the importance of education and raised awareness for her campaign #62MilionGirls. Michelle Obama is the woman who simply manages to be the best in all fields, and uses her position of power for good.
With a net worth of 11.8 million dollars, she makes balancing private life and career look easy. Always with a smile, and a wise word, this lady is definitely one of the most powerful mums in the world.
8. Shonda Rhimes – Writer and producer
Producer, writer and a showrunner, Shonda Rhimes is the mother of three children Harper, 13, Emerson, 3, and Beckett, 2. Because of her outstanding imagination and talent all three of her shows, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away with Murder are always on the top.
Recently, her speech at the Human Rights Campaign gala went viral, as she encouraged creatives to ignore everything and make their dreams come true. With a net worth of $60 million, and three children, she has shown us that you can really be an amazing mother and a queen of TV shows.
7. Angelina Jolie – Actress, director, activist, and UN Ambassador
Angelina Jolie is no stranger; actress, director (The film she directed and produced, Unbroken, received many positive reviews and she once again showed her immense talent), activist, UN Ambassador and a mother of six.
She is considered to be one of the rare women in the world who puts all her choices in the public eye, in order to raise awareness. The adoption of her children pointed out the importance of providing the children of the world a better life and giving them a chance to have a loving and caring family, while her decision to surgically remove her breasts raised awareness for cancer patients. With an estimated net worth of $145 million, Angelina Jolie is definitely a powerful mum.
6. Angela Ahrendts – Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores, Apple
Firstly she was CEO of Burberry, and now she is one of Apple’s top employees. She made more than $70 million on her first year at her new position. Aside from having an outstanding career, she has three children: Jennings, 19, Sommer, 18, and Angelina, 14.
During the interview with Makers, she said that the only way of becoming a better executive, is being a better mother and wife. She has an estimated net worth of $150 million.
5. Susan Wojcicki – CEO of YouTube
While she was pregnant, Susan Wojcicki quit her job, rented her garage to PhD students who were trying to launch a search engine and became Google’s 16th employee. Today, she is the CEO of YouTube, which counts one billion monthly visitors. Her net worth is estimated to be $300 million.
Mother of five children, Susan said that she always tries to be home at 6pm in order to have a family dinner. Her ability to balance being the CEO of a super powerful company and being the mother of five is an inspiration for women all over the world.
4. Marissa Mayer – CEO of Yahoo
Yahoo had an extreme makeover when Marissa Mayer became the CEO. She rebuilt and relaunched the email app, and she made some smart purchases such as Tumblr. This mother of a 2-year-old child has changed the maternity leave policy and provided cash bonuses to parents.
Although being criticized for some of her decisions, she manages to stay on top of things and use her position of a powerful woman to contribute to good causes. She points out how important her family is to her in every interview, and with a net worth of $380 million, she is currently expecting twins.
3. Beyoncé Knowles – Musician, actress and producer
According to Working Mother, Queen Bey, 34, took first place on the list of powerful mums. Being the mother of three year old Blue Ivy has only encouraged her to achieve more. In 2014, she became the top earning woman in the music business, as she doubled her earnings from 2013. Beyonce’s current net worth is $450 million.
“One thing that’s for sure, the love I have for music, for my husband, for my child is something that will last far beyond my life.” – Beyoncé on her inspiration, video tribute “Yours and Mine”.
Looking at Beyoncé’s interviews, we cannot but conclude that in order to be successful and reach your dreams, you need to have a loving family that will inspire you to go beyond the limits.
2. Sheryl Sandberg – COO of Facebook
Single mother of two sons, and COO of Facebook, she is one of the bravest powerful women in the world as she managed to continue her career and be a strong mother after her husband Dave Goldberg’s sudden death. Her bestseller “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead”, has built a movement “Lean In Together”, which aims to establish gender equality in the workspace, primarily by calling men to action.
With a net worth of $1.28 billion, Sheryl is definitely an inspiration and we can only hope that the world will follow her example.
1. Zhang Xin – Cofounder and CEO of SOHO China
With a net worth of over $3.6 billion, she has built her own path to power. Zhang Xin is a self-made billionaire, who founded her company SOHO with her husband. After earning a master’s degree from Cambridge, she made her first career steps and became a Goldman Sachs Wall Streeter. When she came back to China, she met her future husband, who also became her business partner.
She is the mother of two teens, and a CEO of the largest real estate developer in China.
Women who find their place in the tough business world, and still manage to be great mothers, should be recognized and praised. Not all of us can be CEOs and presidents, but we can certainly support and be inspired by all the women who didn’t find having a career a barrier to being a wonderful mum.