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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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511 346
Marillyn Hewson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Marillyn Hewson Businessperson - CEO of Lockheed Martin

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2
721 604
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KenDay added Margaret Thatcher Statesman, Politician, Chemist

3
416 327
Safra A. Catz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Safra A. Catz Businessperson - CEO of Oracle

4
417 330
Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Ellen J. Kullman Executive officer, Businessperson - CEO of Dupont

5
507 427
Ewa Kopacz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Ewa Kopacz General practitioner, Politician - Prime Minister of Poland

6
154 86
Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Joan of Arc Military Leader

7
182 115
Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Diana, Princess of Wales Crown Princess

8
406 337
Renee J. James is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Renee J. James Businessperson - President of Intel

9
953 879
Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

10
816 754
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

11
180 118
Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Keith A. West added Queen Victoria

12
401 346
Virginia M. Rometty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Virginia M. Rometty Businessperson - CEO of IBM

13
169 111
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Mother Teresa Nun, Teacher

14
624 577
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

15
362 328
Sherry Lansing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sherry Lansing Film Producer, Actor, Studio executive - CEO of Paramount Pictures

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16
579 566
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat

17
344 339
Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sheryl Sandberg Businessperson, Entrepreneur - COO of Facebook

18
132 102
Adele is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Adele Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

19
436 452
Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Martha Stewart Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

20
166 144
Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Theresa May Politician - British Prime Minister

21
346 353
Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Anna Wintour Magazine editor, Journalist

22
84 50
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KaylaBField added Anne Frank Author, Writer, Babysitter

23
75 42
Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KaylaBField added Helen Keller Pacifist, Lecturer, Author

24
451 488
Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Sonia Sotomayor Editor, Judge, Jurist

25
297 306
Stacey Snider is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Stacey Snider Businessperson, Lawyer - CEO of Dreamworks

26
313 325
Amy Hood is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Amy Hood CFO of Microsoft

27
127 105
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Dolly Parton Businessperson, Record producer, Musician

28
352 372
Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Suzanne Collins Screenwriter, Author, Writer

29
421 454
Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
jcharlengel added Christine Lagarde Politician, Lawyer

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30
361 383
Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Barbara Boxer Politician, Actor

31
264 269
Laurene Powell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurene Powell Entrepreneur

32
306 319
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kathryn Bigelow Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

33
304 317
Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
JayMilli added Tori Amos Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

34
302 315
Christy Walton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Christy Walton Inherited $15 billion from John Walton, son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton

35
265 271
Helen Zille is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
GreeffKotzé added Helen Zille Politician, Journalist

36
259 264
Nikki Finke is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Nikki Finke Editor, Journalist, Writer

37
112 89
Diane von Fürstenberg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
meee added Diane von Fürstenberg Fashion designer, Businessperson

38
294 307
Laurie David is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurie David Activist, Film Producer, Talent manager

39
302 317
Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Stephenie Meyer Novelist, Film Producer, Author

40
256 262
Megan Ellison is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Megan Ellison Film Producer

41
263 271
Jill Abramson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Jill Abramson Editor, Journalist, Editing

42
321 341
Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kate Kavanagh added Marissa Mayer Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer

43
310 328
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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44
263 272
Tina Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Tina Brown Magazine editor, Talk show host, Journalist

45
196 193
Margrethe II of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Julia Vorobyova added Margrethe II of Denmark Production Designer, Screenwriter

46
274 289
Amy Pascal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Amy Pascal Businessperson

47
108 88
Kate Moss is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Kate Moss Model, Actor

48
334 362
Susan Wojcicki is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Susan Wojcicki Businessperson - CEO of YouTube

49
282 299
Simonetta Sommaruga is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Simonetta Sommaruga Politician, Swiss government member (rotating presidency)

50
100 79
Vivienne Westwood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Vivienne Westwood Fashion designer, Designer