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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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Marillyn Hewson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Marillyn Hewson Businessperson - CEO of Lockheed Martin

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2
239 147
Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Diana, Princess of Wales Crown Princess

3
769 633
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KenDay added Margaret Thatcher Statesman, Politician, Chemist

4
189 108
Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Joan of Arc Military Leader

5
216 134
Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Keith A. West added Queen Victoria

6
1,011 896
Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

7
209 136
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Mother Teresa Nun, Teacher

8
863 781
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
421 353
Safra A. Catz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Safra A. Catz Businessperson - CEO of Oracle

10
420 356
Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Ellen J. Kullman Executive officer, Businessperson - CEO of Dupont

11
510 448
Ewa Kopacz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
EdgarMüller added Ewa Kopacz General practitioner, Politician - Prime Minister of Poland

12
653 598
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

13
408 352
Renee J. James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Renee J. James Businessperson - President of Intel

14
405 362
Virginia M. Rometty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Virginia M. Rometty Businessperson - CEO of IBM

15
598 583
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat

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366 337
Sherry Lansing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sherry Lansing Film Producer, Actor, Studio executive - CEO of Paramount Pictures

17
111 66
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KaylaBField added Anne Frank Author, Writer, Babysitter

18
160 127
Adele is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Adele Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

19
92 52
Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KaylaBField added Helen Keller Pacifist, Lecturer, Author

20
352 351
Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sheryl Sandberg Businessperson, Entrepreneur - COO of Facebook

21
357 365
Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Anna Wintour Magazine editor, Journalist

22
185 167
Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Theresa May Politician - British Prime Minister

23
445 471
Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Martha Stewart Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

24
462 493
Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Sonia Sotomayor Editor, Judge, Jurist

25
430 458
Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
jcharlengel added Christine Lagarde Politician, Lawyer

26
316 329
Amy Hood is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Amy Hood CFO of Microsoft

27
267 272
Laurene Powell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurene Powell Entrepreneur

28
137 118
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Dolly Parton Businessperson, Record producer, Musician

29
301 313
Stacey Snider is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Stacey Snider Businessperson, Lawyer - CEO of Dreamworks

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364 389
Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Barbara Boxer Politician, Actor

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310 325
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kathryn Bigelow Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

32
357 381
Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Suzanne Collins Screenwriter, Author, Writer

33
116 94
Diane von Fürstenberg is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
meee added Diane von Fürstenberg Fashion designer, Businessperson

34
306 321
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

35
267 275
Helen Zille is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
GreeffKotzé added Helen Zille Politician, Journalist

36
296 310
Laurie David is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurie David Activist, Film Producer, Talent manager

37
257 265
Megan Ellison is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Megan Ellison Film Producer

38
324 346
Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kate Kavanagh added Marissa Mayer Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer

39
264 274
Jill Abramson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Jill Abramson Editor, Journalist, Editing

40
259 268
Nikki Finke is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Nikki Finke Editor, Journalist, Writer

41
200 198
Margrethe II of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Julia Vorobyova added Margrethe II of Denmark Production Designer, Screenwriter

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306 327
Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
JayMilli added Tori Amos Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

43
269 283
Daniela Ruah is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
MatthewPat1965 added Daniela Ruah Actor

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276 293
Amy Pascal is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Amy Pascal Businessperson

45
337 368
Susan Wojcicki is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Susan Wojcicki Businessperson - CEO of YouTube

46
263 278
Tina Brown is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Tina Brown Magazine editor, Talk show host, Journalist

47
435 488
Janet Yellen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
JamesLove added Janet Yellen Professor, Economist

48
282 302
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)

49
281 301
Liliane Bettencourt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Liliane Bettencourt Businessperson - Worth $34.5 billion, heiress of L'Oreal fortune

50
314 342
Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Chelsea Handler Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer