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Greg Stopera
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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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Safra A. Catz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Safra A. Catz Businessperson - CEO of Oracle

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+ - 416 316
Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ellen J. Kullman Executive officer, Businessperson - CEO of Dupont

4
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Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Margaret Thatcher Statesman, Politician, Chemist

5
+ - 506 414
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

6
+ - 144 74
Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Joan of Arc Military Leader

7
+ - 403 327
Renee J. James is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Renee J. James Businessperson - President of Intel

8
+ - 167 102
Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Diana, Princess of Wales Crown Princess

9
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Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

10
+ - 168 107
Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

11
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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

12
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Virginia M. Rometty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Virginia M. Rometty Businessperson - CEO of IBM

13
+ - 157 97
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Mother Teresa Nun, Teacher

14
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

15
+ - 358 318
Sherry Lansing is listed (or ranked) 15 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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+ - 574 556
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Condoleezza Rice Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat

17
+ - 337 330
Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Sheryl Sandberg Businessperson, Entrepreneur - COO of Facebook

18
+ - 432 443
Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Martha Stewart Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

19
+ - 158 133
Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Theresa May Politician - British Prime Minister

20
+ - 340 347
Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Anna Wintour Magazine editor, Journalist

21
+ - 311 314
Amy Hood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Amy Hood CFO of Microsoft

22
+ - 350 362
Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Suzanne Collins Screenwriter, Author, Writer

23
+ - 305 310
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kathryn Bigelow Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

24
+ - 294 298
Stacey Snider is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Stacey Snider Businessperson, Lawyer - CEO of Dreamworks

25
+ - 123 98
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Dolly Parton Businessperson, Record producer, Musician

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+ - 111 84
Diane von Fürstenberg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Diane von Fürstenberg Fashion designer, Businessperson

27
+ - 358 374
Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Barbara Boxer Politician, Actor

28
+ - 419 446
Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Christine Lagarde Politician, Lawyer

29
+ - 263 263
Laurene Powell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurene Powell Entrepreneur

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+ - 74 41
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Anne Frank Author, Writer, Babysitter

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+ - 264 265
Helen Zille is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Helen Zille Politician, Journalist

32
+ - 258 258
Nikki Finke is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Nikki Finke Editor, Journalist, Writer

33
+ - 119 95
Adele is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Adele Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

34
+ - 301 310
Christy Walton is listed (or ranked) 34 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

35
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Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Helen Keller Pacifist, Lecturer, Author

36
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Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Marissa Mayer Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer

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+ - 293 301
Laurie David is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurie David Activist, Film Producer, Talent manager

38
+ - 262 265
Jill Abramson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Jill Abramson Editor, Journalist, Editing

39
+ - 255 257
Megan Ellison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Megan Ellison Film Producer

40
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Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Chelsea Handler Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer

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Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Sonia Sotomayor Editor, Judge, Jurist

42
+ - 262 267
Tina Brown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Tina Brown Magazine editor, Talk show host, Journalist

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+ - 106 82
Kate Moss is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kate Moss Model, Actor

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+ - 299 313
Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Tori Amos Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

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+ - 274 284
Amy Pascal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Amy Pascal Businessperson

46
+ - 299 314
Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Stephenie Meyer Novelist, Film Producer, Author

47
+ - 98 74
Vivienne Westwood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Vivienne Westwood Fashion designer, Designer

48
+ - 281 294
Simonetta Sommaruga is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Simonetta Sommaruga Politician, Swiss government member (rotating presidency)

49
+ - 333 357
Susan Wojcicki is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Susan Wojcicki Businessperson - CEO of YouTube

50
+ - 91 66
PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
PJ Harvey Film Score Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter