The World’s Most Powerful Women: April 20

April 20, 2016, 5:12 AM UTC

Good morning, WMPW readers! The former speaker of Greece’s parliament is starting her own political party, a girl in Afghanistan is braving the odds to lead an orchestra, and corporate boards in India are getting more women, albeit gradually. Want to share some news on a powerful woman? Get in touch, at: or @laurascohn. Have a fabulous Wednesday!


Setting sail in Greece

Zoe Konstantopoulou, the former speaker of Greece's parliament, has launched her own political party. Dubbed "Sailing for Freedom," the new party will work to free Greece of "the shackles of the memorandum," a reference to the country's bailout agreement with international creditors. Konstantopoulou recently told Greek network Skai TV that she wants to oust Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' leftist-led coalition. She broke away from his SYRIZA party last year when it signed onto a new bailout with tough economic reform measures attached.ekathimerini


Unpopular prosecution
The popularity ratings of German Chancellor Angela Merkel are sinking now that she's allowed authorities to prosecute a German satirist for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


Finding freedom in music
Negin Ekhpulwak, an Afghan teenager, is fearlessly leading the Zohra orchestra, a group of 35 women at the Afghanistan National Institute for Music. Ekhpulwak, who faces family hostility and threats for performing, says she will never "accept defeat." Playing music was banned when the Taliban ruled the country, and some still frown on it. Talk about girl power.
Huffington Post


Middle Kingdom Makeup
Kate Morris, owner of online beauty retailer Adore Beauty of Australia, is taking her business to China. Morris started her business with a $9,000 loan from her boyfriend's father and has recently received a cash infusion from the Australian supermarket Woolworths.


Inroads in India
A new study shows that female representation on the boards of India's top 100 listed companies is rising, albeit gradually. Last year, an estimated 12% of corporate board seats were held by women. The figure is up from just 5.8% in 2012. Behind the jump: the country's "Company Act," which requires boards to have a least one woman.
Business Standard


Overcoming obstacles
How Teliana Pereira overcame humble beginnings to become Brazil's highest-ranked female tennis player.
New York Times


Sales fizzle
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, whose company just reported another drop in quarterly revenue, said most developed countries outside the U.S. are "grappling with slow growth." Nooyi, one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women, also said certain parts of the world were suffering from high inflation, which crimps consumption.


Yes to Yahoo
The bidding deadline has passed and it looks like Yahoo, whose CEO Marissa Mayer has been working on turning around the company, has a number of suitors. Interested parties include Verizon, private equity firm TPG, and YP Holdings. Mayer is another one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women.


Hillary Clinton trumps Bernie Sanders in New York's primary election

Nearly none of the CEOs hired last year were women

A generation after Anita Hill, Fortune interviews Jenny Yang, head of the U.S.'s workplace watchdog

U.S. Treasury had planned to put Susan B. Anthony on $10 bill
Wall Street Journal

Africa's GTBank launches program to give Nigerian female entrepreneurs $15,000 prize
Financial Watch

Women in Japan and the U.S. work longer hours than their counterparts in Europe
Business Insider UK

Queen Rania of Jordan to visit refugee camp in Greece


The 'Produnova' is the most difficult vault in female gymnastics. Only five women in the world have ever landed it. And I am one of them.
—Dipa Karmakar, who just became the first female Indian gymnast to qualify for the Olympics