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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
695 409
Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Keith A. West added

2
227 76
Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Debra Myal added Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

3
1,604 1,123
Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time

4
790 513
Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Ari Aries added Crown Princess

5
703 450
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Ari Aries added Nun, Teacher

6
521 334
Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Ari Aries added Military Leader

7
1,180 862
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KenDay added Statesman, Politician, Chemist

8
449 308
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KaylaBField added Author, Writer, Babysitter

9
343 234
Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KaylaBField added Pacifist, Lecturer, Author

10
1,243 1,111
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Novelist, Film Producer, Author

11
786 689
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KenDay added Politician, Diplomat, Author

12
910 866
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time

13
813 786
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
FrancisZaia added Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat

14
599 641
Malala Yousafzai is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
MagnusLindholm added Writer

15
597 643
Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Editor, Judge, Jurist

16
478 528
Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Magazine editor, Journalist

17
557 623
Marillyn Hewson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson - CEO of Lockheed Martin

18
36 5
Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
DavidLleraYT(David) added

19
560 628
Ewa Kopacz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
EdgarMüller added General practitioner, Politician - Prime Minister of Poland

20
607 694
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Judge, Jurist, Lawyer

21
278 302
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Businessperson, Record producer, Musician

22
447 513
Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Executive officer, Businessperson - CEO of Dupont

23
429 491
Renee J. James is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson - President of Intel

24
446 513
Safra A. Catz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson - CEO of Oracle

25
322 361
Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Politician -

British Prime Minister

26
547 641
Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

27
437 506
Virginia M. Rometty is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson - CEO of IBM

28
343 395
Adele is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

29
409 482
Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson, Entrepreneur - COO of Facebook

30
395 472
Sherry Lansing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Film Producer, Actor, Studio executive - CEO of Paramount Pictures

31
490 594
Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Politician, Professor, Author

32
483 590
Janet Yellen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
JamesLove added Professor, Economist

33
473 580
Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Librarian, Author, Teacher

34
466 580
Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
jcharlengel added Politician, Lawyer

35
246 292
Margrethe II of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Julia Vorobyova added Production Designer, Screenwriter

36
490 614
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Comedian, Television producer, Musician

37
476 601
Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Businessperson

38
344 430
Christiane Amanpour is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Journalist

39
334 418
Christy Walton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Inherited $15 billion from John Walton, son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton

40
338 424
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

41
125 140
Rosa Parks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
KaylaBField added Activist

42
162 190
Nicola Sturgeon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Politician, Solicitor -

First Minister of Scotland

43
367 468
Susan Wojcicki is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Businessperson - CEO of YouTube

44
393 504
Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Politician, Actor

45
353 450
Roberta Pinotti is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
EdgarMüller added Roberta Pinotti Defense Minister of Italy

46
543 708
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson

47
131 150
Vivienne Westwood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Coolza added Fashion designer, Designer

48
386 497
Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Screenwriter, Author, Writer

49
341 436
Anne Hidalgo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
looksharp added Politician - Mayor of Paris

50
388 500
Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Women Of All Time
Editor, Commentator, Politician