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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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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
J. K. Rowling Novelist, Film Producer, Author

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Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Diana, Princess of Wales Crown Princess

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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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Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

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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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Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

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Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Martha Stewart Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

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Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Mother Teresa Nun, Teacher

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Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Sheryl Sandberg Businessperson, Entrepreneur - COO of Facebook

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Diane von Fürstenberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Diane von Fürstenberg Fashion designer, Businessperson

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PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
PJ Harvey Film Score Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter

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Vivienne Westwood is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Dolly Parton Businessperson, Record producer, Musician

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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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Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Anna Wintour Magazine editor, Journalist

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Stacey Snider is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Stacey Snider Businessperson, Lawyer - CEO of Dreamworks

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Helen Zille is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Helen Zille Politician, Journalist

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Jill Abramson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Jill Abramson Editor, Journalist, Editing

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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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Laurie David is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurie David Activist, Film Producer, Talent manager

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Nikki Finke is listed (or ranked) 30 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) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Megan Ellison Film Producer

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Christy Walton is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Suzanne Collins Screenwriter, Author, Writer

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Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Marissa Mayer Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer

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Amy Pascal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Amy Pascal Businessperson

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Gina Rinehart is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Laurene Powell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurene Powell Entrepreneur

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Kate Moss is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kate Moss Model, Actor

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Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kathryn Bigelow Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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Tina Brown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Tina Brown Magazine editor, Talk show host, Journalist

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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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Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Chelsea Handler Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer

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Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Stephenie Meyer Novelist, Film Producer, Author

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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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Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Theresa May Politician - British Prime Minister

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Simonetta Sommaruga is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Simonetta Sommaruga Politician, Swiss government member (rotating presidency)

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Liliane Bettencourt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Liliane Bettencourt Businessperson - Worth $34.5 billion, heiress of L'Oreal fortune

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Margrethe II of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Margrethe II of Denmark Production Designer, Screenwriter

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Adele Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter