For the second time, Michelle Bachelet has impressed leaders around the world as well as editors at TIME Magazine, taking a place on their list of 100 most influential people in the world for 2014.
While this list includes both those who have had a negative and positive impact on their communities and beyond, the entry for the Chilean president is a shining review written by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Bachelet’s successor as director of U.N. Women and former deputy president of South Africa.
“She has always displayed extraordinary resilience and intelligence in addressing the toughest of issues,” Mlambo-Ngcuka wrote. “Her governance style is an unusual combination of humanity and solid leadership. She is gentle and accessible, yet also strong and determined.”
President Bachelet was, of course, found in the world leaders section of the famous annual list. Her entry summarised thus: “A passionate champion of women’s rights.” Inaugurated for her second time as President of Chile in March, Bachelet has already put forward a bill to create a Women and Gender Equality Ministry and has said she will stand by her pledge to make Chile a more equitable society for all.
Her work to inspire women at home and abroad was noted in 2008 by former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — who also made the list this year — when Bachelet had previously been recognized by TIME Magazine.
“In Chile, Argentina, Liberia, Germany and around the world, women are not only blazing new trails but bringing others along as well,” Clinton wrote . “In every country, on every continent — in places where women are soaring to new heights, and in places where too many women remain second-class citizens — women and men can draw inspiration from leaders like Bachelet, leaders with grace and courage, leaders who never give up and never give in.”
The only Chilean on TIME’s list, President Bachelet was joined by inspirational women including political leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, NIgerian economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and young education activist Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan. In total 41 women made the top 100 — a record for the list.