According to Forbes, she's the second most powerful person in the world, and the most powerful woman in the world. The German Chancellor has fought off national recession, is using her power against ISIS, breaking the post-Nazi-era taboo of direct involvement in military actions and is in the thick of trying to help Greece revive its economy.
2015's Woolworths teacher of the year, Melanie started the Dare To Stand Out Group for children interested in academics and the Jorvan Outreach programme. She also opened a study centre, and had ten learners, who were in desperate need of a good, nurturing environment, live with her. Talk about going above and beyond.
Serena has always been a boss, but this year she took it up a notch. She won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year and retained her title as world number one for the fifth year. She also achieved her 700th career victory, becoming the 8th woman to surpass that.
One of the heroes of the #FeesMustFall protest is Shaeera, the outgoing president of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) at Wits University. According to News24, she has been at the forefront of the #FeesMustFall campaign and has urged students to not back down and to continue the battle for free education.
She first came to out attention when she wrote a moving eulogy to her husband. Number 5 on the Forbes list of the most powerful women, Sheryl is the COO of Facebook and the first woman on its board. She wrote the bestselling book Lean In and is an avid fighter for gender quality, particularly in the workplace.
Thuli is the first female Public Protector in SA and she has been fighting hard to safe guard our democracy from corruption. After releasing the Nkandla Report, she endured a lot of verbal abuse, mostly from ANC supporters. Funding for her office is in a dire state, yet she continues to solider on and fight for justice.
Caroline made history twice this year. She became the first South African woman to win the Two Oceans Marathon since 1998, and she also won the Comrades the year before.
Malala has fought hard for equal education for all children and she is still going strong. This year her incredible story was told through the documentary He Named Me Malala. She has used this to advocate her global campaign for equal education particularly for thousands of girls who are denied the right.