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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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638 382
Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Keith A. West added Queen Victoria

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

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734 481
Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Ari Aries added Diana, Princess of Wales Crown Princess

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657 425
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Ari Aries added Mother Teresa Nun, Teacher

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175 54
Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Debra Myal added Marie Curie Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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

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485 318
Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Ari Aries added Joan of Arc Military Leader

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416 288
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KaylaBField added Anne Frank Author, Writer, Babysitter

9
315 218
Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KaylaBField added Helen Keller Pacifist, Lecturer, Author

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1,210 1,081
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
J. K. Rowling Novelist, Film Producer, Author

11
764 679
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KenDay added Eleanor Roosevelt Politician, Diplomat, Author

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

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

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

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557 607
Marillyn Hewson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Marillyn Hewson Businessperson - CEO of Lockheed Martin

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566 620
Malala Yousafzai is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
MagnusLindholm added Malala Yousafzai Writer

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

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470 516
Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Anna Wintour Magazine editor, Journalist

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

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428 484
Renee J. James is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Renee J. James Businessperson - President of Intel

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445 505
Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Ellen J. Kullman Executive officer, Businessperson - CEO of Dupont

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309 339
Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Theresa May Politician - British Prime Minister

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446 507
Safra A. Catz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Safra A. Catz Businessperson - CEO of Oracle

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541 629
Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Martha Stewart Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

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586 685
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Judge, Jurist, Lawyer

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435 499
Virginia M. Rometty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Virginia M. Rometty Businessperson - CEO of IBM

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329 370
Adele is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Adele Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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394 466
Sherry Lansing is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Sherry Lansing Film Producer, Actor, Studio executive - CEO of Paramount Pictures

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401 475
Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Sheryl Sandberg Businessperson, Entrepreneur - COO of Facebook

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468 573
Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Laura Bush Librarian, Author, Teacher

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474 581
Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Elizabeth Warren Politician, Professor, Author

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472 581
Janet Yellen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
JamesLove added Janet Yellen Professor, Economist

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

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458 573
Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
jcharlengel added Christine Lagarde Politician, Lawyer

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

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

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

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330 411
Christy Walton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Christy Walton Inherited $15 billion from John Walton, son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton

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339 423
Christiane Amanpour is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Christiane Amanpour Journalist

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333 418
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Kathryn Bigelow Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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303 378
Liliane Bettencourt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Liliane Bettencourt Businessperson - Worth $34.5 billion, heiress of L'Oreal fortune

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391 496
Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Barbara Boxer Politician, Actor

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384 487
Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Suzanne Collins Screenwriter, Author, Writer

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532 686
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Lady Gaga Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson

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345 435
Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Kate Kavanagh added Marissa Mayer Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer

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352 445
Roberta Pinotti is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
EdgarMüller added Roberta Pinotti Defense Minister of Italy

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157 183
Nicola Sturgeon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Nicola Sturgeon Politician, Solicitor - First Minister of Scotland

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127 143
Vivienne Westwood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Vivienne Westwood Fashion designer, Designer

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319 402
Stacey Snider is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Stacey Snider Businessperson, Lawyer - CEO of Dreamworks

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333 421
Amy Hood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Amy Hood CFO of Microsoft