Is Hillary Clinton Less Powerful Now Than She Was in the Senate?

By Nitya

Aug 24, 2009 2:40pm

ABC News' Kirit Radia reports: Is Hillary Clinton less powerful now as Secretary of State than she was as a Senator? Forbes Magazine seems to think so. The publication recently released its annual list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. This year, Clinton was listed at #36. In 2004 when she was in the Senate Clinton was #5.Since then Clinton has slipped in the Forbes rankings (2005: 26, 2006: 18, 2007: 25, 2008: 28), but this year, her first as America’s top diplomat, was her lowest ranking. Her predecessor, Condoleezza Rice, twice topped the list and was never listed out of the top 10 before leaving office.This year Clinton was edged out by Nancy Pelosi, who was ranked #35, but she beat out Oprah (#41).The magazine crowned German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the world’s most powerful woman for the fourth year in a row, followed by FDIC chair Sheila Bair who was ranked #2. Michelle Obama was #40, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was #48. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was #51 and newly minted Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was #55.In 2004, when Clinton’s Forbes-rated power was at its peak, so too was American officials’ rankings. She was among 5 American officials who crowded the top 10. Then-Secretary of State Rice then took the top prize, followed by First Lady Laura Bush (#4), Clinton, and Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor (#6) and Bader Ginsberg (#7).The magazine says its rankings are “a combination of two scores: visibility–by press mentions–and the size of the organization or country these women lead.”

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