Ukrainian Ruslana Lyzhychko became one of ten women in the world to be included into the annual Women of the Year rating introduced by Forbes Woman. The assessment which features ten most prominent figures of 2013 was based on the greatest achievements of the candidates throughout the year. The issue listed Angela Merkel, German chancellor, at the top while putting everyone else in the alphabetical order not assigning them to any specific spot.
Ruslana Lyzhychko is a reputed Ukrainian singer, songwriter, producer, social activist, and in the end of 2013 – one of the key figures of Euromaidan. Ruslana debuted internationally as she stormed into world’s music arena with her winning performance at the Eurovision 2004 song contest putting Ukraine in the spotlight of international music arena and solidifying Ukraine’s right to host Eurovision 2005. Interestingly, at the Eurovision contest she received 280 points, which at the time was the highest score reached by a performer since 1956. Following her victory, she became one of the biggest pop stars in Eastern Europe, having recorded the Dyki Tantsi (Wild Dances) album. The album reached over one million sells in Ukraine, even without a supporting tour. Additionally, the Wild Dances album turned out to be the first platinum album recorded by an artist from the former Soviet Union. Her winning song Wild Dances dominated European Music charts for 97 consecutive weeks, holding the highest position in Belgium for ten consecutive weeks. In 2004 Ruslana received World Music Award in Las Vegas, USA.
Today, Ruslana is focused on social inclusivity, rather than on her artistic career. In the end of November 2013, she became one of the key figures of Euromaidan. The recent revolts and clashes with the riot police, caused by the suspension of signing the Association Agreement put Ruslana in the spotlight of raising awareness and promoting European values among Ukrainian citizens.
As to the leader of the list – Angela Merkel – Forbes analysts associate her greatest achievement of 2013 with the stability of Euro currency and fruitful negotiations with Vladimir Putin regarding the release of Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
The list also features: director general of General Motors – Mary Barra, actress Angelina Jolie, Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Janet Yellen, Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton, Chairman of State Duma Elena Mizulina, editor in chief of RIA Novosti Svetlana Mironiuk, head of Russia’s Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina and the former wife of Russia’s president Lyudmila Putina.