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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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520 388
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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766 631
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
233 146
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
188 107
Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Joan of Arc Military Leader

5
213 134
Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Keith A. West added Queen Victoria

6
1,009 896
Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

7
206 135
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Mother Teresa Nun, Teacher

8
862 780
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
421 352
Safra A. Catz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Safra A. Catz Businessperson - CEO of Oracle

10
420 355
Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Ellen J. Kullman Executive officer, Businessperson - CEO of Dupont

11
509 447
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
651 597
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

13
408 352
Renee J. James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Renee J. James Businessperson - President of Intel

14
405 362
Virginia M. Rometty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Virginia M. Rometty Businessperson - CEO of IBM

15
597 582
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat

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366 337
Sherry Lansing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sherry Lansing Film Producer, Actor, Studio executive - CEO of Paramount Pictures

17
160 125
Adele is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Adele Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

18
108 65
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KaylaBField added Anne Frank Author, Writer, Babysitter

19
92 52
Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KaylaBField added Helen Keller Pacifist, Lecturer, Author

20
352 350
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
184 166
Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Theresa May Politician - British Prime Minister

22
357 364
Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Anna Wintour Magazine editor, Journalist

23
444 470
Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Martha Stewart Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

24
461 492
Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Sonia Sotomayor Editor, Judge, Jurist

25
429 457
Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
jcharlengel added Christine Lagarde Politician, Lawyer

26
316 329
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
267 272
Laurene Powell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurene Powell Entrepreneur

28
116 94
Diane von Fürstenberg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
meee added Diane von Fürstenberg Fashion designer, Businessperson

29
136 118
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Dolly Parton Businessperson, Record producer, Musician

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301 312
Stacey Snider is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Stacey Snider Businessperson, Lawyer - CEO of Dreamworks

31
356 381
Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Suzanne Collins Screenwriter, Author, Writer

32
364 389
Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Barbara Boxer Politician, Actor

33
306 321
Christy Walton is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
310 325
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kathryn Bigelow Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

35
267 275
Helen Zille is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
GreeffKotzé added Helen Zille Politician, Journalist

36
296 310
Laurie David is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurie David Activist, Film Producer, Talent manager

37
324 346
Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kate Kavanagh added Marissa Mayer Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer

38
257 265
Megan Ellison is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Megan Ellison Film Producer

39
264 274
Jill Abramson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Jill Abramson Editor, Journalist, Editing

40
259 268
Nikki Finke is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Nikki Finke Editor, Journalist, Writer

41
306 327
Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
JayMilli added Tori Amos Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

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200 198
Margrethe II of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Julia Vorobyova added Margrethe II of Denmark Production Designer, Screenwriter

43
269 283
Daniela Ruah is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
MatthewPat1965 added Daniela Ruah Actor

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276 293
Amy Pascal is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Amy Pascal Businessperson

45
263 278
Tina Brown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Tina Brown Magazine editor, Talk show host, Journalist

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337 368
Susan Wojcicki is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Susan Wojcicki Businessperson - CEO of YouTube

47
281 301
Liliane Bettencourt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Liliane Bettencourt Businessperson - Worth $34.5 billion, heiress of L'Oreal fortune

48
435 488
Janet Yellen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
JamesLove added Janet Yellen Professor, Economist

49
306 332
Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Stephenie Meyer Novelist, Film Producer, Author

50
282 302
Simonetta Sommaruga is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Simonetta Sommaruga Politician, Swiss government member (rotating presidency)