LADY GAGA has been ranked seventh on the 2010 Forbes list of people who would be powerful if they were men.
The 2010 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list ranks the omnipresent singer ahead of Queen Elizabeth II, at 41, and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, at 11. First Lady Michelle Obama was considered by Forbes to be the world’s most powerful woman.
Explaining the prominent placing of Lady Gaga, Forbes cites her speech at a recent rally calling for the repeal of the US military’s Don’t ask, don’t tell policy, which prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly, and her releasing of an online video urging her fans to contact their Senators in an effort to get the policy overturned. The bid to overturn the policy failed.
Paul Milner from Forbes said: “This really shows what being a powerful woman is all about – arguing passionately for something, and then having a group of actually powerful men decide against it.
“Women are coming out of the kitchen and being influential and powerful, before going back into the kitchen to get the dinner ready,” he added.
Female groups have hailed the Forbes list as “empowering”. Sally Graham from the Women’s Rights Organisation said: “A friend emailed me the new Forbes list but I couldn’t work out how to log into my email account. Do I just type ’email’ into Google? I do wish there was a man here who could show me how to use this confusing computer.”
Deborah Clarkson, professor of gender studies at the University of Central London said: “The new Forbes list is further evidence that women are just as capable as men of influencing the world around us for the better.”
“Apart from that one week per month when we go a bit mental.”
Commenting on the ranking of US First Lady Michelle Obama as the most influential woman in the world, she added: “This really shows that we women have broken the gender stereotypes of the past and that we can be highly influential members of society without having to derive our power from a man.
“Hang on a minute.”