Women have made major strides on the world stage. Billionaire Sheryl Sandberg, author of the bestselling Lean In, is one of the most coveted executives in Silicon Valley as the COO of Facebook, The United States Federal Reserve now has its female Chair leading the central bank’s monetary policy, and Hillary Clinton is in the midst of making a run for the White House to be America’s First Female President. Needless to say, it’s a good time to be a woman. But which women are the most influential? You’re in luck, with a little thought and research, here are the Top 20 Most Powerful Women in the World Today.

20. Meg Whitman

Meg Whitman, coming at at number 20 on our list of most powerful women, has done it all. She went to Princeton for her undergraduate degree and then went on to Harvard to earn her MBA. She was the first outside CEO of eBay in 1998 and went on to join beleaguered tech conglomerate Hewlett Packard in 2012.

19. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

Not everyone gets to lead their home country, but that’s exactly what number 19 on our list has done. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner leads the South American nation of Argentina, and is currently in the midst of negotiating, effectively we might add, with Argentina’s international creditors.


18. Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer, who first made a name for herself helping to create Google Maps at the tech search giant, was made CEO of Yahoo! in July 2012. She has since spent her time leading the troubled search engine to become an internet media and search powerhouse, thanks in part to the cash the company received from its stake of soon to be spin-off Alibaba.

17. Beyoncé Knowles

Everyone in the world has heard of “Queen B”, Beyonce Knowles. Not only is she a role model for millions of women but her career is on fire. Currently, she is on a 95-show tour which also happens to land her on multiple top earning celebrity lists along with her husband Jay-Z.

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