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This is a list of the most powerful women in the world, as ranked by experts and by fans alike.

From world leaders to celebrities to corporate head honchos to media moguls, these notable women have what it takes to run the world -- and the universe. Many of the women on this list are famous politicians who broke through Washington's -- or their respective capital's -- glass ceiling and are now leading the charge to change our blue planet for the better. Some of the ladies are famous celebrities who use lend their names to worthy causes and charities, helping those who are less fortunate.  Many of these women have been said to have ties to or are members of the Illuminati.

What is a sad reality, though, is that many of these top women have had to face some form of gender-based discrimination. Why was it that it wasn't until 2007 that The United States House of Representatives picked its first female Speaker? Why is it that folks still debate whether or not comedians like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are funny? There is no other reason other than men being unimaginative and very obtuse.

Every single female on this list has accomplished something that very few people -- man or woman -- have done with their lives, which is leave their personal mark on the world. Women, like German Prime Minister Angela Merkel and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, are, of course, a given. But we shouldn't dismiss girls like supermodel Kate Upton. Her very presence can control men's minds -- which can be a very positive thing.

Please vote for and rank the list of the most influential woman in the world. And if you don't see your favorite lady of note, feel free to add her to the list so that other readers could vote for her.

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Marillyn Hewson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Marillyn Hewson Businessperson - CEO of Lockheed Martin

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Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ellen J. Kullman Executive officer, Businessperson - CEO of Dupont

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Safra A. Catz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Safra A. Catz Businessperson - CEO of Oracle

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Renee J. James is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Renee J. James Businessperson - President of Intel

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Ewa Kopacz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ewa Kopacz General practitioner, Politician - Prime Minister of Poland

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Virginia M. Rometty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Virginia M. Rometty Businessperson - CEO of IBM

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Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Margaret Thatcher Statesman, Politician Chemist

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

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Sherry Lansing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Sherry Lansing Film Producer, Actor Studio executive - CEO of Paramount Pictures

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Diane von Fürstenberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Diane von Fürstenberg Fashion designer, Businessperson

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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
J. K. Rowling Novelist, Film Producer Author

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Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Joan of Arc Military Leader

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PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
PJ Harvey Film Score Composer, Guitarist Songwriter

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Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Condoleezza Rice Businessperson, Politician Diplomat

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Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Martha Stewart Business magnate, Publisher Television producer

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Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

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Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

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Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Diana, Princess of Wales Crown Princess

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Vivienne Westwood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Vivienne Westwood Fashion designer, Designer

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Dolly Parton Businessperson, Record producer Musician

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Kate Moss is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kate Moss Model, Actor

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Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Sheryl Sandberg Businessperson, Entrepreneur - COO of Facebook

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Amy Hood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Amy Hood CFO of Microsoft

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Laurie David is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurie David Activist, Film Producer Talent manager

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Christy Walton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Christy Walton Inherited $15 billion from John Walton, son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton

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Gina Rinehart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Gina Rinehart Businessperson - Australian Mining Boss (Chairman of Hancock Prospecting, Rio Tinto)

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Stacey Snider is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Stacey Snider Businessperson, Lawyer - CEO of Dreamworks

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Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Barbara Boxer Politician, Actor

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Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Anna Wintour Magazine editor, Journalist

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Helen Zille is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Helen Zille Politician, Journalist

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Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Suzanne Collins Screenwriter, Author Writer

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Jill Abramson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Jill Abramson Editor, Journalist Editing

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Nikki Finke is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Nikki Finke Editor, Journalist Writer

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Megan Ellison is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Megan Ellison Film Producer

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Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Stephenie Meyer Novelist, Film Producer Author

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Amy Pascal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Amy Pascal Businessperson

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Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kathryn Bigelow Television director, Film Producer Screenwriter

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Laurene Powell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurene Powell Entrepreneur

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Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Chelsea Handler Television presenter, Comedian Television producer

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Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Marissa Mayer Businessperson, Computer scientist Engineer

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Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Tori Amos Film Score Composer, Record producer Songwriter

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Daniela Ruah is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Daniela Ruah Actor

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Tina Brown is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Tina Brown Magazine editor, Talk show host Journalist

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Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Theresa May Politician - British Prime Minister

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Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Christine Lagarde Politician, Lawyer

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Simonetta Sommaruga is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Simonetta Sommaruga Politician, Swiss government member (rotating presidency)

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Nicola Sturgeon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Nicola Sturgeon Politician, Solicitor - First Minister of Scotland

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Adele Arranger, Musician Singer-songwriter

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Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Mother Teresa Nun, Teacher

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Margrethe II of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Margrethe II of Denmark Production Designer, Screenwriter