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Greg Stopera
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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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436 251
Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Keith A. West added Queen Victoria

2
446 262
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Mother Teresa Nun, Teacher

3
507 320
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
290 167
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KaylaBField added Anne Frank Author, Writer, Babysitter

5
1,273 986
Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

6
345 220
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
948 756
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KenDay added Margaret Thatcher Statesman, Politician, Chemist

8
1,055 936
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
199 127
Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KaylaBField added Helen Keller Pacifist, Lecturer, Author

10
794 702
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

11
543 511
Marillyn Hewson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Marillyn Hewson Businessperson - CEO of Lockheed Martin

12
685 670
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat

13
623 617
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KenDay added Eleanor Roosevelt Politician, Diplomat, Author

14
544 533
Ewa Kopacz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Ewa Kopacz General practitioner, Politician - Prime Minister of Poland

World Leaders (Allegedly) In The Illuminati

15
435 428
Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Ellen J. Kullman Executive officer, Businessperson - CEO of Dupont

16
437 431
Safra A. Catz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Safra A. Catz Businessperson - CEO of Oracle

17
420 422
Renee J. James is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Renee J. James Businessperson - President of Intel

18
265 251
Adele is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Adele Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

19
421 434
Virginia M. Rometty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Virginia M. Rometty Businessperson - CEO of IBM

20
520 553
Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Sonia Sotomayor Editor, Judge, Jurist

21
411 429
Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Anna Wintour Magazine editor, Journalist

The Hottest Celebrities of All Time

22
384 402
Sherry Lansing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sherry Lansing Film Producer, Actor, Studio executive - CEO of Paramount Pictures

23
204 194
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
497 542
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
247 251
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
375 409
Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sheryl Sandberg Businessperson, Entrepreneur - COO of Facebook

27
221 236
Margrethe II of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Julia Vorobyova added Margrethe II of Denmark Production Designer, Screenwriter

28
443 512
Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
jcharlengel added Christine Lagarde Politician, Lawyer

Wacky Election Facts from Around the World

29
374 430
Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Suzanne Collins Screenwriter, Author, Writer

30
352 404
Susan Wojcicki is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Susan Wojcicki Businessperson - CEO of YouTube

31
449 527
Janet Yellen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
JamesLove added Janet Yellen Professor, Economist

32
336 386
Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kate Kavanagh added Marissa Mayer Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer

33
468 551
Malala Yousafzai is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
MagnusLindholm added Malala Yousafzai Writer

34
325 373
Amy Hood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Amy Hood CFO of Microsoft

35
321 369
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kathryn Bigelow Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

13 Famous People Surrounded By Tragedy

36
293 334
Liliane Bettencourt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Liliane Bettencourt Businessperson - Worth $34.5 billion, heiress of L'Oreal fortune

37
147 151
Nicola Sturgeon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Nicola Sturgeon Politician, Solicitor - First Minister of Scotland

38
428 504
Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Laura Bush Librarian, Author, Teacher

39
314 361
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
134 135
Diane von Fürstenberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
meee added Diane von Fürstenberg Fashion designer, Businessperson

41
327 378
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

42
301 346
Laurie David is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurie David Activist, Film Producer, Talent manager

The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

43
378 443
Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Barbara Boxer Politician, Actor

44
274 313
Laurene Powell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurene Powell Entrepreneur

45
332 387
Anne Hidalgo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Anne Hidalgo Politician - Mayor of Paris

46
287 331
Simonetta Sommaruga is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Simonetta Sommaruga Politician, Swiss government member (rotating presidency)

47
268 307
Jill Abramson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Jill Abramson Editor, Journalist, Editing

48
275 316
Helen Zille is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
GreeffKotzé added Helen Zille Politician, Journalist

49
282 325
Amy Pascal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Amy Pascal Businessperson

50
308 358
Stacey Snider is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Stacey Snider Businessperson, Lawyer - CEO of Dreamworks