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Women are powerful. Listed here are top 20 most powerful women in the world.

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“There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women” – Malala Yousafzai

Women have proved their power in each and every field. There are a number of women around the globe who took action against what’s wrong, they claimed leadership positions in the government, they have flourished their power in business, philanthropy, and media. These trailblazers are extremely powerful and are not to be messed with. Here’s a list of 20 most powerful women in the world.

1. Angela Merkel.

Angela Dorothea Merkel is a German politician who has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005. From the year 2000 to 2018, Merkel served as the Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). She is widely known as the “leader of the free world”.

2. Marillyn Hewson

Marillyn Adams Hewson is the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of the aerospace and defense manufacturing company Lockheed Martin.

3. Christine Lagarde

Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde Lallouette is a French politician and lawyer serving as the President of the European Central Bank since 2019. She also served as the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

4. Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Patricia Pelosi is an American politician serving as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives since 2019. She is the only woman in US history to hold this position.

5. Mary Barra

Mary Teresa Barra is the first female CEO of a major automaker. She is an American businesswoman who has been the CEO and chairwoman of General Motors Company since 2014.

6. Abigail Johnson

Abigail Pierrepont Johnson is an American billionaire businesswoman. Since 2014, Johnson has been president and CEO of American Investment Firm Fidelity Investments (FMR).

7. Melinda Gates

Melinda Ann Gates is an American philanthropist and a former general manager at Microsoft. She is also the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest private charitable organization.

8. Ana Botin

Ana Patricia Botin is a Spanish banker. She was the executive chairman of Santander Group. Prior to this, she was the CEO of Santander UK, a role she held since 2010.

9. Isabelle Kocher

Isabelle Kocher is a French businesswoman. She is the chief executive officer of Engie (previously GDF Suez).

10. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American talk show host, actress, television producer, media executive, and philanthropist. She was the richest African American of the 20th century.

11. Gail Boudreaux

Gail Koziara Boudreaux is an American businesswoman and athlete. She is now the CEO of the second-largest American, Anthem Inc.

12. Ginny Rometty

Virginia “Ginni” Marie Rometty is an American business executive, serving as executive chairman of IBM. She previously served as chairman, president, and CEO of IBM, becoming the first woman to head the company.

13. Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Kara Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook, the founder of LeanIn.Org, and a philanthropist. She was the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board of directors.

14. Ursula Von der Leyen

Ursula Gertrud Von der Leyen is a German politician and the president of the European Commission since 2019. She is the longest-serving member of Angela Merkel’s cabinet.

15. Safra Catz

Safra A. Catz is an American billionaire banker and technology executive. She is the CEO of Oracle Corporation.

16. Susan Wojcicki

Susan Diane Wojcicki is the CEO of YouTube since 2014. Wojcicki was also involved in the founding of Google and became Google’s first marketing manager.

17. Kristalina Georgieva

Kristalina Ivanova Georgieva – Kinova is a Bulgarian economist serving as Chairwoman and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund since 2019.

18. Phebe Novakovic

Phebe Novakovic is an American businesswoman and former intelligence officer. She serves as the Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of General Dynamics.

19. Julie Sweet

Julie Sweet is an American business executive. She is the CEO of Accenture, a multinational professional services company. According to the New York Times, she is “one of the most powerful women in corporate America”.

20. Ruth Porat

Ruth Porat is a British-born American business executive, since 2015 she has been serving as the chief financial officer of Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google. Ruth Porat was the CFO and executive vice president of Morgan Stanley, from January 2010 to May 2015.