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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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517 355
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
734 609
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
196 120
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
417 333
Safra A. Catz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Safra A. Catz Businessperson - CEO of Oracle

5
417 338
Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Ellen J. Kullman Executive officer, Businessperson - CEO of Dupont

6
160 91
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
967 883
Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

8
507 434
Ewa Kopacz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Ewa Kopacz General practitioner, Politician - Prime Minister of Poland

9
406 341
Renee J. James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Renee J. James Businessperson - President of Intel

10
185 121
Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Keith A. West added Queen Victoria

11
824 764
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
J. K. Rowling Novelist, Film Producer, Author

12
176 118
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Mother Teresa Nun, Teacher

13
629 582
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

14
401 350
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
362 331
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
584 570
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
91 52
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KaylaBField added Anne Frank Author, Writer, Babysitter

18
347 342
Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sheryl Sandberg Businessperson, Entrepreneur - COO of Facebook

19
136 105
Adele is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Adele Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

20
438 456
Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Martha Stewart Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

21
170 148
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
349 357
Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Anna Wintour Magazine editor, Journalist

23
78 43
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
299 307
Stacey Snider is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Stacey Snider Businessperson, Lawyer - CEO of Dreamworks

25
424 455
Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
jcharlengel added Christine Lagarde Politician, Lawyer

26
452 489
Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Sonia Sotomayor Editor, Judge, Jurist

27
314 326
Amy Hood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Amy Hood CFO of Microsoft

28
353 373
Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Suzanne Collins Screenwriter, Author, Writer

29
265 270
Laurene Powell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurene Powell Entrepreneur

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30
305 318
Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
JayMilli added Tori Amos Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

31
361 385
Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Barbara Boxer Politician, Actor

32
129 109
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Dolly Parton Businessperson, Record producer, Musician

33
265 272
Helen Zille is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
GreeffKotzé added Helen Zille Politician, Journalist

34
306 321
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
259 265
Nikki Finke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Nikki Finke Editor, Journalist, Writer

36
113 91
Diane von Fürstenberg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
meee added Diane von Fürstenberg Fashion designer, Businessperson

37
294 308
Laurie David is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurie David Activist, Film Producer, Talent manager

38
304 320
Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Stephenie Meyer Novelist, Film Producer, Author

39
302 318
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
256 263
Megan Ellison is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Megan Ellison Film Producer

41
263 272
Jill Abramson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Jill Abramson Editor, Journalist, Editing

42
321 342
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
263 273
Tina Brown is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Tina Brown Magazine editor, Talk show host, Journalist

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44
310 331
Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Chelsea Handler Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer

45
196 194
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
274 290
Amy Pascal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Amy Pascal Businessperson

47
334 363
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
282 300
Simonetta Sommaruga is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Simonetta Sommaruga Politician, Swiss government member (rotating presidency)

49
265 281
Daniela Ruah is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
MatthewPat1965 added Daniela Ruah Actor

50
433 486
Janet Yellen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
JamesLove added Janet Yellen Professor, Economist