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Janet Yellen and the Tyranny of Being the Most Powerful Woman

Janet Yellen, vice chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve and President Barack Obama's nominee as chairman of the Federal Reserve, speaks during a nomination announcement on Oct. 9
Janet Yellen, vice chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve and President Barack Obama's nominee as chairman of the Federal Reserve, speaks during a nomination announcement on Oct. 9Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

In addition to being identified as someone who paid her babysitter higher than rock-bottom wages, newly nominated future Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen is now, apparently, The Most Powerful Woman in the History of the Universe.

Still months away from actually starting the job, Yellen has already inspired the following headlines: “Move over Angela Merkel, Yellen may become world’s most powerful woman”; “A Woman Virtually Nobody Has Heard Of Is On The Verge Of Becoming The Most Powerful Woman In The World”; “Janet Yellen, the most powerful woman in US history.