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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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328 200
Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Diana, Princess of Wales Crown Princess

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2
282 168
Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Keith A. West added Queen Victoria

3
243 146
Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Joan of Arc Military Leader

4
833 672
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KenDay added Margaret Thatcher Statesman, Politician, Chemist

5
269 172
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Ari Aries added Mother Teresa Nun, Teacher

6
1,096 920
Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

7
535 439
Marillyn Hewson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Marillyn Hewson Businessperson - CEO of Lockheed Martin

8
924 827
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
155 88
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KaylaBField added Anne Frank Author, Writer, Babysitter

10
704 624
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World

11
522 473
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
429 382
Safra A. Catz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Safra A. Catz Businessperson - CEO of Oracle

13
427 385
Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Ellen J. Kullman Executive officer, Businessperson - CEO of Dupont

14
415 379
Renee J. James is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Renee J. James Businessperson - President of Intel

15
121 72
Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KaylaBField added Helen Keller Pacifist, Lecturer, Author

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16
628 615
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat

17
414 388
Virginia M. Rometty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Virginia M. Rometty Businessperson - CEO of IBM

18
370 361
Sherry Lansing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sherry Lansing Film Producer, Actor, Studio executive - CEO of Paramount Pictures

19
194 168
Adele is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Adele Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

20
376 386
Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Anna Wintour Magazine editor, Journalist

21
363 372
Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Sheryl Sandberg Businessperson, Entrepreneur - COO of Facebook

22
485 514
Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Sonia Sotomayor Editor, Judge, Jurist

23
159 139
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Dolly Parton Businessperson, Record producer, Musician

24
464 493
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
205 197
Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Coolza added Theresa May Politician - British Prime Minister

26
536 596
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
KenDay added Eleanor Roosevelt Politician, Diplomat, Author

27
434 476
Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
jcharlengel added Christine Lagarde Politician, Lawyer

28
126 110
Diane von Fürstenberg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
meee added Diane von Fürstenberg Fashion designer, Businessperson

29
320 344
Amy Hood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Amy Hood CFO of Microsoft

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310 332
Christy Walton is listed (or ranked) 30 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

31
316 340
Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
JayMilli added Tori Amos Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

32
271 286
Laurene Powell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurene Powell Entrepreneur

33
207 209
Margrethe II of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Julia Vorobyova added Margrethe II of Denmark Production Designer, Screenwriter

34
362 396
Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Suzanne Collins Screenwriter, Author, Writer

35
328 356
Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kate Kavanagh added Marissa Mayer Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer

36
371 408
Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Barbara Boxer Politician, Actor

37
325 353
Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Chelsea Handler Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer

38
262 277
Megan Ellison is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Megan Ellison Film Producer

39
313 339
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Kathryn Bigelow Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

40
270 287
Helen Zille is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
GreeffKotzé added Helen Zille Politician, Journalist

41
297 320
Laurie David is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Laurie David Activist, Film Producer, Talent manager

42
304 329
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

43
280 300
Amy Pascal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Amy Pascal Businessperson

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272 291
Daniela Ruah is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
MatthewPat1965 added Daniela Ruah Actor

45
266 284
Jill Abramson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Jill Abramson Editor, Journalist, Editing

46
286 309
Liliane Bettencourt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
looksharp added Liliane Bettencourt Businessperson - Worth $34.5 billion, heiress of L'Oreal fortune

47
260 278
Nikki Finke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Nikki Finke Editor, Journalist, Writer

48
440 498
Janet Yellen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
JamesLove added Janet Yellen Professor, Economist

49
265 286
Tina Brown is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Tina Brown Magazine editor, Talk show host, Journalist

50
311 343
Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Women In The World
Stephenie Meyer Novelist, Film Producer, Author