Olena Zelenska is listed among the 25 most influential women of 2023 according to FT as a "global symbol of resilience"
The Financial Times has released its list of the 25 most influential women of 2023, which includes the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska.
The publication notes that the list was created over several months based on consultations with FT journalists, readers, and industry leaders. According to the editor of the publication, Roula Khalaf, the final result is a list of women who have received prestigious awards, but even Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, Grammys, and World Cups cannot fully capture the multifaceted nature of their work.
The Prime Minister of Estonia, Kaja Kallas, wrote a short text about Olena Zelenska
"What I admire most about Olena Zelenska is her honesty. A screenwriter by profession, she knows how not to mince her words while remaining disarmingly human. Four months into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Zelenska told a journalist: “None of us are OK.” She knows what it is like to wake up to see your homeland invaded by an imperialist neighbour; not to know when, or if, you will next see your loved ones; how to find the strength to fight for freedom, despite it all," wrote Kaja Kallas, the Prime Minister of Estonia.
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Kallas adds that Zelenska has become a "world symbol of resilience." Estonia collaborates with Zelenska's foundation to build family homes for Ukrainian orphaned children.
"She is remarkable in her attention to detail and her ability to listen. The world should now listen to Zelenska and give Ukraine what it needs to defeat Russia and end the suffering"
Financial Times also notes that their list of influential women is not ranked.