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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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1
348 213
Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Diana, Princess of Wales Crown Princess

2
292 171
Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Keith A. West added Queen Victoria

3
286 175
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Mother Teresa Nun, Teacher

4
842 675
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KenDay added Margaret Thatcher Statesman, Politician, Chemist

5
250 151
Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Joan of Arc Military Leader

6
1,107 923
Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

7
536 442
Marillyn Hewson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Marillyn Hewson Businessperson - CEO of Lockheed Martin

8
164 91
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KaylaBField added Anne Frank Author, Writer, Babysitter

9
935 831
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
J. K. Rowling Novelist, Film Producer, Author

10
709 628
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

11
524 475
Ewa Kopacz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Ewa Kopacz General practitioner, Politician - Prime Minister of Poland

12
430 384
Safra A. Catz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Safra A. Catz Businessperson - CEO of Oracle

13
427 387
Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Ellen J. Kullman Executive officer, Businessperson - CEO of Dupont

14
124 74
Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KaylaBField added Helen Keller Pacifist, Lecturer, Author

World Leaders (Allegedly) In The Illuminati

15
415 381
Renee J. James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Renee J. James Businessperson - President of Intel

16
631 618
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
415 390
Virginia M. Rometty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Virginia M. Rometty Businessperson - CEO of IBM

18
198 170
Adele is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Adele Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

19
371 362
Sherry Lansing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sherry Lansing Film Producer, Actor, Studio executive - CEO of Paramount Pictures

20
365 374
Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sheryl Sandberg Businessperson, Entrepreneur - COO of Facebook

21
377 388
Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Anna Wintour Magazine editor, Journalist

The Worst A-List Hollywood Actors

22
487 516
Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Sonia Sotomayor Editor, Judge, Jurist

23
161 141
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
466 496
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
208 200
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
540 597
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KenDay added Eleanor Roosevelt Politician, Diplomat, Author

27
435 478
Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
jcharlengel added Christine Lagarde Politician, Lawyer

28
208 209
Margrethe II of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Julia Vorobyova added Margrethe II of Denmark Production Designer, Screenwriter

The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

29
320 345
Amy Hood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Amy Hood CFO of Microsoft

30
329 356
Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kate Kavanagh added Marissa Mayer Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer

31
316 341
Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
JayMilli added Tori Amos Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

32
310 334
Christy Walton is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
271 287
Helen Zille is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
GreeffKotzé added Helen Zille Politician, Journalist

34
271 287
Laurene Powell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurene Powell Entrepreneur

35
126 112
Diane von Fürstenberg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
meee added Diane von Fürstenberg Fashion designer, Businessperson

Old Celebrities You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive

36
362 397
Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Suzanne Collins Screenwriter, Author, Writer

37
305 330
Stacey Snider is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Stacey Snider Businessperson, Lawyer - CEO of Dreamworks

38
262 278
Megan Ellison is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Megan Ellison Film Producer

39
313 340
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kathryn Bigelow Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

40
297 321
Laurie David is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurie David Activist, Film Producer, Talent manager

41
325 355
Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Chelsea Handler Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer

42
371 411
Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Barbara Boxer Politician, Actor

Wacky Election Facts from Around the World

43
280 301
Amy Pascal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Amy Pascal Businessperson

44
287 310
Liliane Bettencourt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Liliane Bettencourt Businessperson - Worth $34.5 billion, heiress of L'Oreal fortune

45
272 292
Daniela Ruah is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
MatthewPat1965 added Daniela Ruah Actor

46
266 285
Jill Abramson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Jill Abramson Editor, Journalist, Editing

47
342 378
Susan Wojcicki is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Susan Wojcicki Businessperson - CEO of YouTube

48
441 500
Janet Yellen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
JamesLove added Janet Yellen Professor, Economist

49
260 279
Nikki Finke is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Nikki Finke Editor, Journalist, Writer

50
265 287
Tina Brown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Tina Brown Magazine editor, Talk show host, Journalist