entertainment The Most Powerful Women In The World  

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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428 250
Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Keith A. West added Queen Victoria

2
439 259
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Mother Teresa Nun, Teacher

3
499 318
Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Diana, Princess of Wales Crown Princess

4
1,266 984
Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

5
286 165
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KaylaBField added Anne Frank Author, Writer, Babysitter

6
342 219
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
943 755
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KenDay added Margaret Thatcher Statesman, Politician, Chemist

8
1,051 932
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
J. K. Rowling Novelist, Film Producer, Author

9
790 701
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

10
194 126
Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KaylaBField added Helen Keller Pacifist, Lecturer, Author

11
543 508
Marillyn Hewson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Marillyn Hewson Businessperson - CEO of Lockheed Martin

12
683 668
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat

13
544 531
Ewa Kopacz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Ewa Kopacz General practitioner, Politician - Prime Minister of Poland

14
620 616
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KenDay added Eleanor Roosevelt Politician, Diplomat, Author

Famous People You Didn't Know Were Married to Each Other

15
435 426
Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Ellen J. Kullman Executive officer, Businessperson - CEO of Dupont

16
437 429
Safra A. Catz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Safra A. Catz Businessperson - CEO of Oracle

17
420 420
Renee J. James is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Renee J. James Businessperson - President of Intel

18
260 249
Adele is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Adele Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

19
421 432
Virginia M. Rometty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Virginia M. Rometty Businessperson - CEO of IBM

20
518 553
Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Sonia Sotomayor Editor, Judge, Jurist

21
384 400
Sherry Lansing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sherry Lansing Film Producer, Actor, Studio executive - CEO of Paramount Pictures

Here's What World Leaders Really Think Of Donald Trump

22
407 429
Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Anna Wintour Magazine editor, Journalist

23
202 193
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Dolly Parton Businessperson, Record producer, Musician

24
493 542
Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Martha Stewart Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

25
244 250
Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Theresa May Politician - British Prime Minister

26
375 407
Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sheryl Sandberg Businessperson, Entrepreneur - COO of Facebook

27
220 235
Margrethe II of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Julia Vorobyova added Margrethe II of Denmark Production Designer, Screenwriter

28
441 510
Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
jcharlengel added Christine Lagarde Politician, Lawyer

The 11 Most Significant Walls In World History

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449 525
Janet Yellen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
JamesLove added Janet Yellen Professor, Economist

30
325 371
Amy Hood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Amy Hood CFO of Microsoft

31
335 384
Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kate Kavanagh added Marissa Mayer Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer

32
350 403
Susan Wojcicki is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Susan Wojcicki Businessperson - CEO of YouTube

33
371 430
Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Suzanne Collins Screenwriter, Author, Writer

34
292 332
Liliane Bettencourt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Liliane Bettencourt Businessperson - Worth $34.5 billion, heiress of L'Oreal fortune

35
146 149
Nicola Sturgeon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Nicola Sturgeon Politician, Solicitor - First Minister of Scotland

The Most Beautiful Women of All Time

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320 368
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kathryn Bigelow Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

37
427 503
Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Laura Bush Librarian, Author, Teacher

38
465 551
Malala Yousafzai is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
MagnusLindholm added Malala Yousafzai Writer

39
313 360
Christy Walton is listed (or ranked) 39 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

40
377 442
Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Barbara Boxer Politician, Actor

41
300 345
Laurie David is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurie David Activist, Film Producer, Talent manager

42
325 377
Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
JayMilli added Tori Amos Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

Trisha Paytas Loves and Hookups

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287 329
Simonetta Sommaruga is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Simonetta Sommaruga Politician, Swiss government member (rotating presidency)

44
268 305
Jill Abramson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Jill Abramson Editor, Journalist, Editing

45
275 314
Helen Zille is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
GreeffKotzé added Helen Zille Politician, Journalist

46
282 323
Amy Pascal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Amy Pascal Businessperson

47
263 299
Megan Ellison is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Megan Ellison Film Producer

48
308 356
Stacey Snider is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Stacey Snider Businessperson, Lawyer - CEO of Dreamworks

49
277 317
Doris Leuthard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Doris Leuthard Politician, Swiss government member (rotating presidency)

50
273 312
Laurene Powell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurene Powell Entrepreneur