TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was voted one of the 12 most influential women in the world by readers of London’s FT Magazine on Friday (Dec. 4), sharing the honors with the likes of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and American Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
The magazine edition of the Financial Times published the list of the 12 “game-changing” women in no particular order, with comments from readers who named them.
Tsai “made an excellent decision to ban arrivals from mainland China early” during the COVID-19 pandemic, wrote reader “123wsd456.” The same person also lauded Tsai for her success in January’s presidential election and for managing the economy and avoiding escalation of tension with China. The reader concluded with praise for the president’s support of same-sex marriage, which became legal during her term.
Other women chosen by FT readers for their fight against COVID included New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, vaccine developer Özlem Türeci, the Indian state of Kerala’s “coronavirus slayer” Health Minister K.K. Shailaja, Merkel, and working mothers in general for their tough efforts during the pandemic.