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    Successful Women Of The 21st Century – 5 Case Studies

    Success is measured in many ways, and, fortunately, we do not have to measure successful women only by their bankroll and their corporate or governmental position. The 21st century is quite young, but there are certain women who already are seen as the “movers and shakers” of ensuing years. Here are 5 of my candidates.


    Hillary Clinton

    She is probably on everyone's list of successful women, and she should be. When one considers her life, it is, after all, full of accomplishments and more to come. As a lawyer and first lady of Arkansas, she implemented great reforms in public education; as America's First Lady, she endured personal adversity that was horribly public, and triumphed, to go on to be a U.S. Senator from New York, presidential candidate, and then Secretary of State.

    There is more to come from Hillary, possibly as the first female President of the United States!


    Shirim Ibadi

    Hers is not a "household name," but she will probably become more well known as the country of Iran undergoes inevitable change. She was the first female judge in her country and continues to fight the conservative Muslim forces that adhere to their "religious" doctrines that allow the violation of the rights and dignity of women and children, even at great sacrifice to her own personal safety. Winning the Nobel Peace Prize was an honor well deserved.


    Malala Yousafzai

    True, she is only 17, but can anyone imagine the influence that this young lady will have in years to come? The victim of a Taliban assassination attempt and an ensuring fight to survive and triumph, she serves as a model to adult women all over the planet. Another deserved recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, this young lady has a long and highly productive life ahead!

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    Malala Yousafzai


    Indira Nooyi

    Her name may be well known on Wall Street but not in the average household. This Indian-born American citizen is currently the CEO of PepsiCo. Having been college educated in India (degrees in physics, chemistry and math, no less), she ultimately landed in the U.S. to study at the Yale School of Management, where she earned her Master's.

    From 2001 until the present, she has functioned as PepsiCo's CEO and has increased revenues by 72% in that period of time. A brilliant woman whose annual compensation rivals that of men in similar positions!


    Elizabeth Warren

    From college professor to U.S. Senator, Warren has hit the political scene running at a full sprint. While some may disagree with her "populist" message, she is a force with which to be reckoned as we move through the next two decades at least.

    So popular is she already with American progressives, that there are currently calls for her to run for the Presidency in 2016. She will continue to be a "thorn in the side" of Wall Street, big banks, and what she calls "greedy" corporations that ignore the interests and needs of the American people.

    One thing held in common by all of these women, I think, is a strong sense of mission – they have had, and will continue to have, very specific goals, and possess the perseverance to achieve them!