Most Influential Women
Most Influential Women. Most powerful women 2011. In honor of Women's Equality Day, we take a look at some of the most influential women in the world -- from politicians and Supreme Court justices to entertainers and media powerhouses. Most made Forbes' latest list of the world's most powerful women. And in our view, the few who didn't make the cut this year still have some serious pull. women's equality day 2011, ruth bader ginsburg, sonia sotomayor, ruth kagan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel,

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent most of her distinguished career working for equal rights for men and women. Despite rumors of her retirement, she has not announced any plans to step down.ruth bader ginsburg notable cases.Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Beyonce.This effusively confident R&B sensation rose to fame as the centerpiece of Destiny's Child, one of the best-selling girl bands of all time. She's also a Golden Globe-nominated actress and a fashion designer, and has endorsed some big-name brands.Destiny's Child best-selling, Beyonce House of Deréon, Beyonce Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Armani and L'Oréal.Beyonce singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, actress, model, fashion designer, Beyonce Forbes 2011 powerful women #18,
British-born Tina Brown rose to American media prominence as editor of Vanity Fair, then The New Yorker. She wrote a best-selling biography of Princess Diana and was inducted into the Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame the same year.The New Yorker magazine, Tina Brown Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame
She may not be commander in chief, but Hillary Clinton is one of the highest-ranking members of the U.S. government. She is charged with managing the nation's foreign affairs, which is no small task in today's international political climate.hillary rodham clinton, secretary of state condoleezza rice Madeleine Albright, united states international relations clinton.united states secretary of state
As the star of her groundbreaking sitcom, this comedian and actress made TV history when her character mimicked reality . Since then, she and her hit daytime talk show have won multiple Daytime Emmy Awards. A short-lived "American Idol" judge, she also has won awards for her charity work. Ellen Degeneres comes out as lesbian, Ellen Degeneres Show Daytime Emmy Awards, Ellen DeGeneres charity work.
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been compared to Eva Peron, the former first lady of Argentina, which is the title de Kirchner held before being elected to her current position. She was one-half of a presidential marriage, with her husband the former president, who stayed active in her presidency until his death in 2010. cristina fernandez de kirchner, cristina fernandez de kirchner wins primary
With her bold looks and chart-topping music, Lady Gaga has become a dominant force in pop culture. She was named 2010's most charitable celebrity, is a stalwart LGBT activist and has joined other celebrities in a crusade against bullying. Lady Gaga most charitable, Lady Gaga anti-bullying,
Married to one of the richest men on the planet, Melinda Gates is a leading force at the largest private philanthropy in the world. The foundation's mission is to improve health care and reduce extreme poverty around the world and, in the U.S., to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. In 2005, Time magazine named the Gateses and an iconic musician People of the Year. Gates Foundation global health, Gates Foundation reduce extreme poverty, Gates Foundation education initiative,
Julia Gillard is a woman of firsts. She is the first woman and nonnative to hold her political position in Australia. Her background and passion lie in education, which she has made central to her economic agenda. australian labor party, julia gillard economy
Arianna Huffington. Once a conservative commentator, this Greek-American media powerhouse started espousing more liberal views in the mid-1990s. She ran as an independent candidate for governor in California's 2003 recall election. Two years later, she co-founded a news website that grew so popular, a major online-media company bought it, catapulting her to a new level of prominence. arianna huffington conservative commentator, arianna huffington liberal transformation,
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. The lone female leader in a continent run by men, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is known as Liberia's "Iron Lady". She accomplished a feat that most national governments have failed to do, erasing the country's external debt. iron ladies of liberia, ellen johnson sirleaf liberia debt,
Elena Kagan is the latest woman appointed to her position, most recently serving as a professor and dean of Harvard Law School, her alma mater. Her first opinion was filed in January 2011. Ransom v. FIA Card Services,
Mary McAleese. In a country divided, Mary McAleese was the first person elected to her position in Ireland who was born in Northern Ireland. Her two terms in office have been devoted to building bridges. She is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, and her two terms in office have been dedicated to building bridges. council of women world leaders
Angela Merkel. Trained as a physical chemist, Angela Merkel turned to politics after the fall of the Berlin Wall. She rose to her current position in 2005, and her tenure has focused on health care reform and future energy development. angela merkel health care reform, angela merkel energy
Kate Middleton Duchess Catherine. People all over the world tuned in to watch this elegant "commoner" marry an heir to the British throne. She's already become something of a style icon, drawing comparisons to Prince William's beloved late mother.Kate Middleton style icon, Princess Diana
Janet Napolitano has been charged with keeping America safe from terrorism, or what she calls "man-caused disasters." National security matters range from airport security to border safety, and they have sparked controversy and criticism. homeland security, janet napolitano
Michelle Obama doesn't hold a political office, but she has a highly visible role in both the national and international political spheres. Trained as a lawyer, she now works as an advocate and runs the most famous household in America. michelle obama childhood obesity, michelle obama and beyonce,
Sonia Sotomayor became a groundbreaker in her position and has enjoyed a long career marked by notable rulings. She has been a champion for ethnic diversity and identity, and many of her speeches focus on these topics.sonia sotomayor first hispanic supreme court judge, sonia sotomayor notable rulings
Martha Stewart. This homemaking media maven became a billionaire when her company went public in 1999. Her reputation took a hit when she was sentenced to prison for a federal crime, but her company and the power of her brand name survived. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia IPO, Martha Stewart lying to investigators about stock sale,
The Oprah Effect. Oprah Winfrey may have ended her reign as one of the most beloved talk show hosts of all time but her powerful influence on public opinion isn't likely to wane anytime soon. The Oprah Effect

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