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Entertainment The Most Powerful Women Of All Time  

Greg Stopera
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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.

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1
648 384
Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Keith A. West added

2
1,548 1,090
Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time

3
744 482
Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Ari Aries added Crown Princess

4
182 55
Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Debra Myal added Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

5
665 427
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Ari Aries added Nun, Teacher

6
1,140 842
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KenDay added Statesman, Politician, Chemist

7
488 319
Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Ari Aries added Military Leader

8
420 288
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KaylaBField added Author, Writer, Babysitter

9
319 218
Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KaylaBField added Pacifist, Lecturer, Author

10
1,214 1,084
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Novelist, Film Producer, Author

11
765 679
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KenDay added Politician, Diplomat, Author

12
891 834
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time

13
788 770
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
FrancisZaia added Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat

14
591 627
Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Editor, Judge, Jurist

15
570 621
Malala Yousafzai is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
MagnusLindholm added Writer

16
557 607
Marillyn Hewson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson - CEO of Lockheed Martin

17
558 616
Ewa Kopacz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
EdgarMüller added General practitioner, Politician - Prime Minister of Poland

18
471 516
Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Magazine editor, Journalist

19
269 287
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Businessperson, Record producer, Musician

20
446 505
Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Executive officer, Businessperson - CEO of Dupont

21
428 484
Renee J. James is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson - President of Intel

22
446 507
Safra A. Catz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson - CEO of Oracle

23
310 341
Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Politician - British Prime Minister

24
587 686
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Judge, Jurist, Lawyer

25
435 499
Virginia M. Rometty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson - CEO of IBM

26
541 630
Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

27
330 370
Adele is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

28
402 475
Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson, Entrepreneur - COO of Facebook

29
394 466
Sherry Lansing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Film Producer, Actor, Studio executive - CEO of Paramount Pictures

30
475 582
Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Politician, Professor, Author

31
468 573
Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Librarian, Author, Teacher

32
473 581
Janet Yellen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
JamesLove added Professor, Economist

33
482 597
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Comedian, Television producer, Musician

34
460 573
Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
jcharlengel added Politician, Lawyer

35
470 591
Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Businessperson

36
238 286
Margrethe II of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Julia Vorobyova added Production Designer, Screenwriter

37
366 458
Susan Wojcicki is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson - CEO of YouTube

38
339 423
Christiane Amanpour is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Journalist

39
330 411
Christy Walton is listed (or ranked) 39 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

40
334 418
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

41
535 687
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson

42
128 143
Vivienne Westwood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Fashion designer, Designer

43
391 496
Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Politician, Actor

44
303 378
Liliane Bettencourt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson - Worth $34.5 billion, heiress of L'Oreal fortune

45
384 487
Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Screenwriter, Author, Writer

46
345 435
Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Kate Kavanagh added Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer

47
352 445
Roberta Pinotti is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
EdgarMüller added Roberta Pinotti Defense Minister of Italy

48
319 402
Stacey Snider is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson, Lawyer - CEO of Dreamworks

49
333 421
Amy Hood is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Amy Hood CFO of Microsoft

50
157 184
Nicola Sturgeon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Politician, Solicitor - First Minister of Scotland