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Politics 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
741 425
Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Keith A. West added

2
262 94
Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Debra Myal added Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

3
1,645 1,142
Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time

4
831 536
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
734 477
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Ari Aries added Nun, Teacher

6
555 346
Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Ari Aries added Military Leader

7
1,215 873
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KenDay added Statesman, Politician, Chemist

8
478 326
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KaylaBField added Author, Writer, Babysitter

9
363 249
Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KaylaBField added Pacifist, Lecturer, Author

10
1,268 1,134
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Novelist, Film Producer, Author

11
810 703
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KenDay added Politician, Diplomat, Author

12
79 14
Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
DavidLleraYT(David) added

13
925 887
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time

14
828 802
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
FrancisZaia added Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat

15
621 658
Malala Yousafzai is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
MagnusLindholm added Writer

16
609 655
Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Editor, Judge, Jurist

17
627 703
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Judge, Jurist, Lawyer

18
559 633
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
562 638
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
483 543
Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Magazine editor, Journalist

21
334 373
Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Politician -

British Prime Minister

22
432 498
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
287 318
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Businessperson, Record producer, Musician

24
449 520
Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Executive officer, Businessperson - CEO of Dupont

25
449 520
Safra A. Catz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson - CEO of Oracle

26
552 652
Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

27
439 512
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
143 145
Rosa Parks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KaylaBField added Activist

29
412 489
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
350 411
Adele is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

31
500 605
Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Politician, Professor, Author

32
491 596
Janet Yellen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
JamesLove added Professor, Economist

33
397 479
Sherry Lansing is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Film Producer, Actor, Studio executive - CEO of Paramount Pictures

34
478 591
Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Librarian, Author, Teacher

35
487 606
Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Businessperson

36
469 586
Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
jcharlengel added Politician, Lawyer

37
497 624
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Comedian, Television producer, Musician

38
251 300
Margrethe II of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Julia Vorobyova added Production Designer, Screenwriter

39
347 435
Christiane Amanpour is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Journalist

40
337 423
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
556 717
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson

42
341 430
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

43
495 638
Indira Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KenDay added Politician

44
370 474
Susan Wojcicki is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson - CEO of YouTube

45
396 511
Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Politician, Actor

46
391 506
Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Editor, Commentator, Politician

47
354 456
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
133 155
Vivienne Westwood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Fashion designer, Designer

49
268 340
Nikki Finke is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Editor, Journalist, Writer

50
278 354
Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
EdgarMüller added Politician, Lawyer - Swiss government member (rotating presidency)