Photo: via Tumblr

Politics The Most Powerful Women Of All Time  

Greg Stopera
128k votes 7.4k voters 129.4k views

This is a list of the most powerful women of all time, as ranked by experts and by fans alike.

From world leaders to celebrities to corporate head honchos to media moguls, these notable women have had 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 and powerful 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.

list ordered by

1
232 76
Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Debra Myal added Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

2
699 410
Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Keith A. West added

3
1,608 1,123
Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time

4
795 515
Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Ari Aries added Crown Princess

5
708 452
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Ari Aries added Nun, Teacher

6
526 334
Jeanne d' Arc is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Ari Aries added Military Leader

7
1,183 864
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KenDay added Statesman, Politician, Chemist

8
452 309
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KaylaBField added Author, Writer, Babysitter

9
346 235
Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KaylaBField added Pacifist, Lecturer, Author

10
1,247 1,112
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Novelist, Film Producer, Author

11
788 692
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KenDay added Politician, Diplomat, Author

12
912 868
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time

13
815 789
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
FrancisZaia added Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat

14
44 5
Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
DavidLleraYT(David) added

15
602 642
Malala Yousafzai is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
MagnusLindholm added Writer

16
600 644
Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Editor, Judge, Jurist

17
480 530
Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Magazine editor, Journalist

18
558 625
Marillyn Hewson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson - CEO of Lockheed Martin

19
561 630
Ewa Kopacz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
EdgarMüller added General practitioner, Politician - Prime Minister of Poland

20
609 696
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Judge, Jurist, Lawyer

21
279 305
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Businessperson, Record producer, Musician

22
431 493
Renee J. James is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson - President of Intel

23
448 515
Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Executive officer, Businessperson - CEO of Dupont

24
447 515
Safra A. Catz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson - CEO of Oracle

25
548 643
Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

26
324 365
Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Politician -

British Prime Minister

27
438 507
Virginia M. Rometty is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson - CEO of IBM

28
345 396
Adele is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

29
411 484
Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson, Entrepreneur - COO of Facebook

30
492 595
Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Politician, Professor, Author

31
396 473
Sherry Lansing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Film Producer, Actor, Studio executive - CEO of Paramount Pictures

32
484 591
Janet Yellen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
JamesLove added Professor, Economist

33
474 581
Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Librarian, Author, Teacher

34
248 293
Margrethe II of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Julia Vorobyova added Production Designer, Screenwriter

35
467 581
Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
jcharlengel added Politician, Lawyer

36
491 616
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Comedian, Television producer, Musician

37
478 601
Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Businessperson

38
128 141
Rosa Parks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KaylaBField added Activist

39
345 431
Christiane Amanpour is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Journalist

40
335 419
Christy Walton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Inherited $15 billion from John Walton, son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton

41
339 425
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

42
163 191
Nicola Sturgeon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Politician, Solicitor -

First Minister of Scotland

43
368 469
Susan Wojcicki is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson - CEO of YouTube

44
545 709
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson

45
394 505
Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Politician, Actor

46
354 451
Roberta Pinotti is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
EdgarMüller added Roberta Pinotti Defense Minister of Italy

47
132 151
Vivienne Westwood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Fashion designer, Designer

48
387 498
Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Screenwriter, Author, Writer

49
342 437
Anne Hidalgo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Politician - Mayor of Paris

50
389 501
Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Editor, Commentator, Politician