French-born Christine Lagarde is currently the first woman to run the 188-country financial organization known as the International Monetary Fund. Previously working as a successful and noteworthy anti-trust and labour lawyer, Lagarde was also the first woman to hold the post of Minister of Economic Affairs, Finance, and Employment of a G8 country (France). She was also France’s minister of Foreign Trade for two years, as well as Minister of Agriculture and Fishing.
Lagarde stresses the importance of investing in health and education,
[as] without those foundations, sustainable growth is not feasible in any economy.
She also explicitly articulates the economic importance of equality
[as] inequality is not conducive to sustainable economic growth.
In 2014, Forbes magazine named Lagarde as the 5th most powerful woman in the world.