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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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405 231
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Mother Teresa Nun, Teacher

2
397 229
Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Keith A. West added Queen Victoria

3
458 295
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
263 141
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
323 200
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

6
1,225 970
Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

7
916 738
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
1,024 901
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
180 111
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
768 689
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

11
543 494
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
672 654
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
540 516
Ewa Kopacz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Ewa Kopacz General practitioner, Politician - Prime Minister of Poland

14
437 416
Safra A. Catz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Safra A. Catz Businessperson - CEO of Oracle

World Leaders (Allegedly) In The Illuminati

15
435 414
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
420 410
Renee J. James is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Renee J. James Businessperson - President of Intel

17
600 611
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KenDay added Eleanor Roosevelt Politician, Diplomat, Author

18
421 421
Virginia M. Rometty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Virginia M. Rometty Businessperson - CEO of IBM

19
246 227
Adele is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Adele Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

20
381 390
Sherry Lansing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sherry Lansing Film Producer, Actor, Studio executive - CEO of Paramount Pictures

21
195 180
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Dolly Parton Businessperson, Record producer, Musician

The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

22
510 544
Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Sonia Sotomayor Editor, Judge, Jurist

23
400 420
Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Anna Wintour Magazine editor, Journalist

24
487 529
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
373 398
Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sheryl Sandberg Businessperson, Entrepreneur - COO of Facebook

26
233 240
Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Theresa May Politician - British Prime Minister

27
440 499
Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
jcharlengel added Christine Lagarde Politician, Lawyer

28
324 361
Amy Hood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Amy Hood CFO of Microsoft

Wacky Election Facts from Around the World

29
215 228
Margrethe II of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Julia Vorobyova added Margrethe II of Denmark Production Designer, Screenwriter

30
142 139
Nicola Sturgeon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Nicola Sturgeon Politician, Solicitor - First Minister of Scotland

31
448 518
Janet Yellen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
JamesLove added Janet Yellen Professor, Economist

32
334 377
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
349 396
Susan Wojcicki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Susan Wojcicki Businessperson - CEO of YouTube

34
369 422
Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Suzanne Collins Screenwriter, Author, Writer

35
319 360
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kathryn Bigelow Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

These Celebrities Have Been Caught Being More Than Just A Little Racist

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312 354
Christy Walton is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
132 130
Diane von Fürstenberg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
meee added Diane von Fürstenberg Fashion designer, Businessperson

38
299 339
Laurie David is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurie David Activist, Film Producer, Talent manager

39
322 368
Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
JayMilli added Tori Amos Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

40
274 308
Helen Zille is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
GreeffKotzé added Helen Zille Politician, Journalist

41
273 307
Laurene Powell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurene Powell Entrepreneur

42
308 351
Stacey Snider is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Stacey Snider Businessperson, Lawyer - CEO of Dreamworks

The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

43
375 435
Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Barbara Boxer Politician, Actor

44
289 328
Liliane Bettencourt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Liliane Bettencourt Businessperson - Worth $34.5 billion, heiress of L'Oreal fortune

45
273 308
Daniela Ruah is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
MatthewPat1965 added Daniela Ruah Actor

46
287 326
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
277 314
Doris Leuthard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Doris Leuthard Politician, Swiss government member (rotating presidency)

48
262 296
Megan Ellison is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Megan Ellison Film Producer

49
280 319
Amy Pascal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Amy Pascal Businessperson

50
421 497
Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Laura Bush Librarian, Author, Teacher