Showbiz may have a hundred vices but one is diminishing: discrimination against a particular gender. The point was driven home on Monday when Forbes released its Celebrity 100 list – a ranking of the world's most powerful celebrities.
According to the world-famous business magazine, R&B superstar Beyonce Knowles is by far the most powerful celebrity on the planet, and is currently camped at No. 2 on the list. She is followed by Miami Heat's LeBron James in No. 2, with hip hop's first-ever billionaire Dr. Dre in the third place.
Then come in two more veteran ladies of the entertainment game – Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres. All in all, the top 10 has five female representatives; with the other two being pop songstress Rihanna (8th) and Katy Perry (9th).
Where most other walks of life still largely remain male-dominated, it's a welcome change to see women getting their fair share – at least in the glitzy world of entertainment.
The female-to-male ratio goes down as we move out of the top 10 though. It hints that even though this change is positive, we're still not quite there yet. In fact, the New York Film Academy revealed last year that there is a 5:1 ratio of men to women working on films.
Forbes' list topper Queen B also talked passionately about the disparity between the two sexes' employment opportunities earlier this year. Arguing that gender equality is a myth, she pointed to the fact that women in the U.S. earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men for doing the same work.
Her own success, however, might negate her own argument. If gender equality still was a myth, she wouldn't be sitting five places higher than her hubby Jay-Z on Forbes List.
Celebrity 100 is compiled by combining a star's estimated earnings with Factiva (number of mentions in print, on TV and on the radio) and social media information.