On November 30, the Financial Times published a list of the 25 most influential women of 2023. It includes Olena Zelenska, the Ukrainian First Lady.
The introductory word says that the special project was compiled over several months based on consultations with FT journalists, readers, and industry leaders.
"The end result is a list filled with women who have received prestigious accolades, but even Nobel Prizes, Pulitzers, Grammys and World Cups fail to fully capture the multi-faceted nature of their work," added Roula Khalaf, editor of the Financial Times.
The part presenting Olena Zelenska was written by Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.
"What I admire most about Olena Zelenska is her honesty. … She knows what it is like to wake up to see your homeland invaded by an imperialist neighbor; not to know when, or if, you will next see your loved ones; how to find the strength to fight for freedom, despite it all," she wrote.
Kaja Kallas argues that Zelenska has become "a global symbol of resilience". She wrote that Estonia had partnered with Zelenska’s foundation to build family homes for Ukrainian orphans.
The Estonian prime minister praises Zelenska’s attention to detail and ability to listen, and she urges the world to listen to her and give Ukraine what it needs to defeat Russia and end the suffering.
The Financial Times notes that the list of the most influential women isn’t ranked.