It was a week of big names. Influential women around the world made headlines by snagging prestigious titles, making bold business decisions and—on occasion—engaging in high-profile Twitter beef. Let’s take a look back and nod to some powerhouses, shall we?
Adele, whose new album 25 smashed all kinds of records, has been accused of “stealing” a tune from the late Turkish singer Ahmet Kaya. Fans of Kaya claim Adele’s ballad “Million Years Ago” bears suspicious similarities to the 1985 song “Acilara Tutunmak” (“Clinging to Pain”). But Kaya’s widow has said she does not think the singer plagiarized her late husband, and it is surely a matter of coincidence that “Clinging to Pain” sounds like it could be the title of an Adele song that would make you weep silently on the subway. Not that we speak from experience, or anything.
Outgoing Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez gave a farewell speech to thousands of supporters outside the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, during which she touted her government’s achievements and took some thinly-veiled shots at her political opponent and successor, Mauricio Macri. Fernández’s social reforms made her a tremendously popular leader, but she was barred by the constitution from seeking a third consecutive term. Over the past 10 days, she and Macri have engaged in public spats over such crucial policy issues as inauguration arrangements and the official Twitter account of the presidential palace, which both Fernandez and Macri seem to want to control. Just another episode of “Politicians Comporting Themselves With Dignity.”
Oprah Winfrey has signed a deal to publish her memoir, The Life You Want, which is slated for release in January 2017. Never one to do things in a small way, Winfrey is also launching her own book imprint as part of her deal with Flatiron Books. The imprint will publish several non-fiction titles every year, and according to Flatiron’s president, will be shaped by Winfrey’s “extraordinary … instincts when it comes to choosing books.” No word yet as to whether or not each book will come with a free car.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year, becoming the first woman to receive the title since 1996. TIME editor Nancy Gibbs hailed Merkel as “Europe’s most powerful leader,” and praised her handling of both the Greek debt crisis and the ongoing migrant crisis. As the magazine’s reigning champion of important persons, Merkel narrowly edged out finalists like Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. What a time to be alive.