It's 2015 and it's a point of pride to be able to say that women's representation in local and national governments is on the uptick and there are powerful women—including Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Melinda Gates, Mary Barra (CEO of General Motors), and Meg Whitman (HP)—leading corporations and nations around the world. So, who do you think Fortune magazine named to its top-10 ranking of "World's Greatest Leaders," coming in at sixth place, the highest position of any woman on the list?
Taylor Swift. Yup. Fortune rates Swift—whom we love, don't get me wrong—the sixth greatest leader in the world today and the greatest female leader in the world in 2015. The blurb/justification:
Taylor Swift didn't become the highest-paid woman in the music business by accident. Pop's savviest star has crossed swords with Spotify, embraced corporate sponsorship, and moved to secure dozens of trademarks (including phrases like "This sick beat")—plus she has proved shrewder at honing a brand in the social media age than virtually any other person or company. And she's done it without resorting to dumbed-down salacious gimmickry. (Swift, ahem, is arguably the anti-Miley Cyrus.) With 1989, the top-selling album in 2014, Swift's efforts to ensure she gets paid for her music could have a huge ripple effect on the way artists are compensated in an era of free streaming.
What. Yes, sure, Swift sells a lot of records and is very influential from a pop-cultural standpoint, but do you agree that she's the greatest woman leader of 2015?