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
906 536
Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Keith A. West added

2
423 214
Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Debra Myal added Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

3
1,824 1,265
Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time

4
1,378 952
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KenDay added Statesman, Politician, Chemist

5
991 659
Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Ari Aries added Crown Princess

6
876 603
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Ari Aries added Nun, Teacher

7
238 103
Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
DavidLleraYT(David) added

8
673 454
Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Ari Aries added Military Leader

9
585 455
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KaylaBField added Author, Writer, Babysitter

10
925 777
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KenDay added Politician, Diplomat, Author

11
451 356
Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KaylaBField added Pacifist, Lecturer, Author

12
287 210
Rosa Parks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KaylaBField added Activist

13
1,352 1,302
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Novelist, Film Producer, Author

14
106 42
Saint (Spirit) Mary Blessed Vi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Peter DeSilvey added

15
904 898
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
FrancisZaia added Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat

16
980 1,024
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time

17
738 766
Malala Yousafzai is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
MagnusLindholm added Writer

18
745 782
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Judge, Jurist, Lawyer

19
670 755
Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Editor, Judge, Jurist

20
585 677
Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Politician, Professor, Author

21
90 66
Elizabeth I of England is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
andrew2023336 added Politician

22
578 701
Indira Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KenDay added Politician

23
64 42
Catherine II of Russia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Peter DeSilvey added Politician

24
600 744
Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

25
543 676
Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Businessperson