Entertainment The Most Powerful Women In The World  

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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Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Mother Teresa Nun, Teacher

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Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Keith A. West added Queen Victoria

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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

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Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

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Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Joan of Arc Military Leader

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Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KaylaBField added Anne Frank Author, Writer, Babysitter

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

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Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Debra Myal added Marie Curie Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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

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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
J. K. Rowling Novelist, Film Producer, Author

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

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Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KenDay added Eleanor Roosevelt Politician, Diplomat, Author

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Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat

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Marillyn Hewson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Marillyn Hewson Businessperson - CEO of Lockheed Martin

World Leaders (Allegedly) In The Illuminati

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Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Sonia Sotomayor Editor, Judge, Jurist

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Ewa Kopacz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Ewa Kopacz General practitioner, Politician - Prime Minister of Poland

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Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Theresa May Politician - British Prime Minister

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Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Anna Wintour Magazine editor, Journalist

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Dolly Parton Businessperson, Record producer, Musician

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Safra A. Catz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Safra A. Catz Businessperson - CEO of Oracle

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Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Ellen J. Kullman Executive officer, Businessperson - CEO of Dupont

The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years

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Renee J. James is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Renee J. James Businessperson - President of Intel

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Adele Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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Malala Yousafzai is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
MagnusLindholm added Malala Yousafzai Writer

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Virginia M. Rometty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Virginia M. Rometty Businessperson - CEO of IBM

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Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Martha Stewart Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

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Sherry Lansing is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sheryl Sandberg Businessperson, Entrepreneur - COO of Facebook

Wacky Election Facts from Around the World

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Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Laura Bush Librarian, Author, Teacher

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Margrethe II of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Julia Vorobyova added Margrethe II of Denmark Production Designer, Screenwriter

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Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
jcharlengel added Christine Lagarde Politician, Lawyer

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Janet Yellen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
JamesLove added Janet Yellen Professor, Economist

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Tina Fey Comedian, Television producer, Musician

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Christy Walton is listed (or ranked) 34 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

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Diane von Fürstenberg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
meee added Diane von Fürstenberg Fashion designer, Businessperson

The 12 Most Extreme Actor Transformations

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Judge, Jurist, Lawyer

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Susan Wojcicki is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Susan Wojcicki Businessperson - CEO of YouTube

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Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Suzanne Collins Screenwriter, Author, Writer

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Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Elizabeth Warren Politician, Professor, Author

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Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kate Kavanagh added Marissa Mayer Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer

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Stacey Snider is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Stacey Snider Businessperson, Lawyer - CEO of Dreamworks

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Liliane Bettencourt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Liliane Bettencourt Businessperson - Worth $34.5 billion, heiress of L'Oreal fortune

Here's What World Leaders Really Think Of Donald Trump

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Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kathryn Bigelow Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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Roberta Pinotti is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Roberta Pinotti Defense Minister of Italy

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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Lady Gaga Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson

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Jill Abramson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Jill Abramson Editor, Journalist, Editing

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Amy Hood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Amy Hood CFO of Microsoft

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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)

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Nikki Finke is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Nikki Finke Editor, Journalist, Writer

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