Another milestone achieved! Former First Lady Michelle Obama has been named the “most admired woman” in the world for the third time in as many years.
In the annual Gallup Poll, Obama, once again, earned that distinguished title with 10% of the votes and for the second straight year, was the only woman on the list to compile a double-digit percentage. Obama’s top listing brings the number of Black women in the top 5 to a total of three when including runner-up, Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, and television queen, Oprah Winfrey coming in at number 4.
Rounding out Gallup Poll‘s Top 5 Most Admired Women is outgoing First Lady Melania Trump and Angela Merkel, who is Chancellor of Germany.
The poll showed that 10% of Americans named Obama as the most admired woman, while 6% gave that distinction to Harris, and 4% chose Melania Trump. Although Trump has finished in the top 10 during President Donald Trump’s 4-year term, she joins Bess Truman and Lady Bird Johnson as the only first ladies to not have finished as ‘”Most Admired Woman.”
The rest of the list includes Winfrey (3%), Merkel (2%), Former First Lady Hillary Clinton (2%), New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (2%), Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (2%), Newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett (1%) and climate change activist Greta Thunberg (1%).
This year’s poll marks the first time Harris, Ocasio-Cortez, and Barrett appear in the top 10 list.
Although there were several other women who received 1% of the votes, they did not make the top 10 because they had fewer total mentions than Barrett and Thunberg. The women who didn’t make the list are country singer Dolly Parton, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, actress Betty White and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.