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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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492 296
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
475 288
Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Keith A. West added Queen Victoria

3
552 357
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
1,330 1,012
Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

5
376 243
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
320 203
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KaylaBField added Anne Frank Author, Writer, Babysitter

7
989 779
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
226 149
Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KaylaBField added Helen Keller Pacifist, Lecturer, Author

9
1,089 973
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
J. K. Rowling Novelist, Film Producer, Author

10
819 732
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

11
660 630
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KenDay added Eleanor Roosevelt Politician, Diplomat, Author

12
711 689
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
546 538
Marillyn Hewson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Marillyn Hewson Businessperson - CEO of Lockheed Martin

14
549 551
Ewa Kopacz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Ewa Kopacz General practitioner, Politician - Prime Minister of Poland

World Leaders (Allegedly) In The Illuminati

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51 9
Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Debra Myal added Marie Curie Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

16
441 452
Safra A. Catz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Safra A. Catz Businessperson - CEO of Oracle

17
437 451
Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Ellen J. Kullman Executive officer, Businessperson - CEO of Dupont

18
537 571
Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Sonia Sotomayor Editor, Judge, Jurist

19
423 442
Renee J. James is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Renee J. James Businessperson - President of Intel

20
279 281
Adele is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Adele Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

21
264 265
Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Theresa May Politician - British Prime Minister

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

22
424 453
Virginia M. Rometty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Virginia M. Rometty Businessperson - CEO of IBM

23
420 451
Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Anna Wintour Magazine editor, Journalist

24
218 217
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Dolly Parton Businessperson, Record producer, Musician

25
386 420
Sherry Lansing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sherry Lansing Film Producer, Actor, Studio executive - CEO of Paramount Pictures

26
506 567
Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Martha Stewart Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

27
380 428
Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sheryl Sandberg Businessperson, Entrepreneur - COO of Facebook

28
444 520
Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Laura Bush Librarian, Author, Teacher

Wacky Election Facts from Around the World

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448 528
Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
jcharlengel added Christine Lagarde Politician, Lawyer

30
478 566
Malala Yousafzai is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
MagnusLindholm added Malala Yousafzai Writer

31
455 541
Janet Yellen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
JamesLove added Janet Yellen Professor, Economist

32
224 251
Margrethe II of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Julia Vorobyova added Margrethe II of Denmark Production Designer, Screenwriter

33
325 380
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kathryn Bigelow Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

34
138 143
Diane von Fürstenberg is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
meee added Diane von Fürstenberg Fashion designer, Businessperson

35
319 373
Christy Walton is listed (or ranked) 35 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

The 12 Most Extreme Actor Transformations

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376 447
Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Suzanne Collins Screenwriter, Author, Writer

37
353 419
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

38
295 345
Liliane Bettencourt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Liliane Bettencourt Businessperson - Worth $34.5 billion, heiress of L'Oreal fortune

39
503 611
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Lady Gaga Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson

40
381 456
Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Barbara Boxer Politician, Actor

41
311 367
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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326 387
Amy Hood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Amy Hood CFO of Microsoft

Here's What World Leaders Really Think Of Donald Trump

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334 398
Anne Hidalgo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Anne Hidalgo Politician - Mayor of Paris

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323 384
Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Stephenie Meyer Novelist, Film Producer, Author

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289 341
Simonetta Sommaruga is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Simonetta Sommaruga Politician, Swiss government member (rotating presidency)

46
337 403
Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kate Kavanagh added Marissa Mayer Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer

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270 317
Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf Politician, Lawyer - Swiss government member (rotating presidency)

48
301 357
Laurie David is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurie David Activist, Film Producer, Talent manager

49
283 334
Amy Pascal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Amy Pascal Businessperson

50
276 325
Helen Zille is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
GreeffKotzé added Helen Zille Politician, Journalist