Indira, Mother Teresa in top 25 list of 20th century's most powerful women
Former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi and Mother Teresa are among Time magazine's "25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century."entertainment Updated: Nov 21, 2010 00:18 IST
Former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi and Mother Teresa are among Time magazine's "25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century."
The US news magazine's survey of "the women who have most influenced our world" included US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Jane Addams, an outspoken advocate for women's suffrage, former British PM Margaret Thatcher and designer Coco Chanel.
Gandhi figured on Time cover when she was elected prime minister in 1966 with a line reading, Troubled India in a Woman's Hands.
"Those steady hands went on to steer India, for much of the next two decades through recession, famine, detonation of the nation's first atomic bomb, a corruption scandal and a civil war in neighbouring Pakistan that led to the creation of a new state, Bangladesh," the magazine said.
Of Mother Teresa, Time said: "Her iconic white garb with its blue stripe trim is now equated with her ideals of service and charity among 'the poorest of poor'."
"Sometimes criticised for lacking adequate medical training, not addressing poverty on a grander scale, actively opposing birth control and abortion and even cosying up to dictators, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize nonetheless inspired countless volunteers to serve, and will wear her white habit all the way to Catholic sainthood," it said.