Only 23% of women shaped public debate in 2011 – Foreign Policy Magazine

Foreign Policy Magazine published a feature on “The Top 100 Global Thinkers who shaped the debate in 2011”.

Since there were many double winners, the total came to 127 “Thinkers”, of which 98 were men (77%) and 29 (23%) were women. Of the 29 women, the number of women were diluted even more since 8 were co-choices with a man (such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Bill and Melinda Gates).

The women “thinkers” and their Foreign Policy rankings are shown below.

No. 5 ­ Tawakkol Karman, Yemen human rights activist, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

No. 7 ­ co-nominees Eman Al Nafjan and Manal Al-Sharif, Saudi Arabia activists Al Nafjan for her blog ( and Al-Sharif for her driving video

No. 12 ­ Condolezza Rice, co-winner with Dick Cheney

No. 13 ­ Melinda and Bill Gates

No. 15 ­ Christine Lagarde, managing director, International Monetary Fund

No. 20 ­ Hillary and Bill Clinton

No. 23 ­ Three male and 2 female U.S. ambassadors whose messages to Washington were outed by Wikileaks, causing political upheavals

No. 25 ­ Co-nominee Carmen Reinhart, economist with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, co-author of “This Time is Different”

No. 27 ­ Co-nominee Angela Merkel of Germany (with her Finance Minister)

No. 31 ­ Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma

No. 34 ­ Elizabeth Warren, law professor, consumer advocate and advisor to Obama, currently candidate for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts

No. 35 ­ Amy Chua, writer of a controversial book on parenting Chinese-style

No. 42 ­ Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil

No. 43 ­ Co-nominee Saskia Sassen, sociologist, advocate of urban-based society

No. 46 ­ Christina Romer, former head of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers

No. 47 ­ Shery Rehman, M.P. of Pakistan, very brave advocate of secular democracy

No. 53 ­ Samantha Power, White House Advisor on foreign affairs, author of book on genocide

No. 57 ­ Ilda Boccassini, fiery prosecutor in criminal cases against Silvio Berlusconi of Italy

No. 60 ­ Co-nominee Esther Duflo, economist at MIT, co-author of “Poor Economics: How the Poor Make Economic Decisions”

No 65 ­ Nancy Birdsall, economist, president of Centre for Global Development, Washington

No. 70 ­ Zaha Hadid, British architect

No. 75 ­ Maria Bashir, very brave crusading pro-women prosecutor in Afghanistan

No. 79 ­ Deepa Naroyan from India, director of Moving Out of Poverty Program

No. 81 ­ Yoani Sanchez, dissenting Cuban blogger:

No. 87 ­ Johanna Sigurdardottir, prime minister of Iceland

No. 90 ­ Anne-Marie Slaughter, political scientist at Princeton U, former head of policy and planning at the U.S. State Department

No. 92 ­ Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, “de facto” prime minister and finance minister of Nigeria, former managing director of the World Bank

No. 94 ­ Activist writer Arundhati Roy of India

No. 96 ­ Mari Kuraishi, president of Global Giving Foundation, which pools small donations to fund specific projects: