Ex Malawi leader Joyce Banda According to the website, CNN set out on a hunt to find the women who excelled in their professions in 2014.
“We wanted to know which women you felt deserved an accolade for their achievements this year and turned to our readers, partners, and organizations we’ve worked with this year to find out,” says the web page brief
According to the Editor’s note, Leading Women” connects you to extraordinary women of our time” — remarkable professionals who have made it to the top in all areas of business, the arts, sport, culture, science and more.
The CNN says Banda has been recognized as First female President of Malawi from 2012 – 2014 and also the Founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation which empowers Malawian women and offers free education to orphans.
Other four most inspiring woman in politics worldwide are;
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — Liberian President, Africa’s first elected female head of state, and winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. She also led her country through its first Ebola outbreak.
Aung San Suu Kyi — Burmese activist, 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner and co-founder of the National League for Democracy, a party dedicated to nonviolence.
Kathleen Wynne — First female premier of Ontario, and the first openly gay head of government in Canada. In June 2014 she was reelected with a majority government.
Helen Zille — Former campaigning activist, current Executive Mayor of Cape Town, South Africa and leader of the country’s opposition party, the Democratic Alliance.
Banda was also named Forbes’ Africa’s most powerful woman in 2014.
You can assess full details here http://edition.cnn.com/2014/12/22/business/leading-women-2014/