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Jacinda Ardern ranked #38 in World's Most Powerful Women list

scandal 02/11/2017

It's been a bloody good month for Jacinda Ardern. She became New Zealand's youngest Prime Minister in 150 years, celebrated her sister giving birth on the same day she was sworn in, appeared on our radio shows a few times (probs the best thing TBH) and now - she's been ranked the 38th most powerful woman in the world!

Each year, Forbes, an American business magazine, puts together a list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women, and our new PM has cracked the 2017 edition.

How cool is that!

According to their website, the list "identifies a new generation of icons, game-changers and gate crashers who are boldly scaling new heights and transforming the world."

Here's what they had to say about Jacinda:

Having risen to power on a tide of "Jacindamania," the new prime minister of New Zealand is 37 years old -- the youngest female leader in the world, and New Zealand's youngest PM in 150 years.

Jacinda Ardern grew up in a Mormon family but left the faith because of its opposition to same-sex marriage. Previously the president of the International Union of Socialist Youth and now in charge of New Zealand's Labour Party, she promises an "empathetic" government, with ambitious plans to tackle climate change and eradicate child poverty.

In her spare time, she likes to DJ.

Jacinda ranked higher on the list than other influential women such as Beyonce (#50), Hillary Clinton (#65), Taylor Swift (#85) and Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling (#88). Yeah gurl!

German Chancellor Angela Merkel retains the #1 spot, followed by Theresa May (#2), Melinda Gates (#3), Sheryl Sandberg (#4) and Mary Barra (#5) rounding out the Top 5.

See the full list here.

Who run the world?

Watch JDR's phone interview with Jacinda Ardern after becoming the new leader of New Zealand.