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Friday, August 31, 2007

Influential Women: From Hefner Daughter to Globe-Trotting Queen

Assilah, Morocco. Photo Courtesy Ignacio Martel
My eye was caught by yesterday's Forbes Magazine article about the world's 100 most influential women in 2007. (For complete list, click here).

Queen Rania of Jordan, who to my knowledge is taking enormous strides to improve the plight of women and the poor in her country, was in position number 82, followed almost immediately by Christie Hefner, Chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises, daughter of Playboy Magazine owner High Hefner, in position number 85.

I found this somewhat mind-boggling. Now mind you, I have nothing to say against Ms. Hefner, nor against the magazine and the conglomerate born of it. Each to his own, and all that, you know. It's just that I find it amazing that two such juxtaposed women in two such juxtaposed positions from a global, political, economic, and social point of view, should arbitrarily be placed - by Forbes - so closely into positions of world influence.

I leave you to think about the implications - and while I make no judgements - I do ask myself, where are we at in this world of ours, if this positioning is what happens?

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