To celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March, we chose the 25 most influential women in the world today.
Angela Merkel: The first German woman to hold the office of chancellor, Angela Merkel, has topped the list "The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World 'by Forbes magazine for the past 6 years.
Anna Wintour: Editor in chief of the American edition of Vogue since 1988, Britain's Anna Wintour is a fashion institution for over 25 years.
Arianna Huffington: The co-founder of news site The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington is a well known writer and journalist.
Aung San Suu Kyi: Burmese opposition leader and Secretary General of the National League for Democracy, was detained for 15 years under house arrest in Burma, until its recent release on November 13, 2010.
Beyoncé Knowles: Half of the most powerful pair of Pop Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter and her husband Jay-Z had their first child recently, a girl named Blue Ivy. At the tender age of 30, Beyonce is undeniably on the crest of the wave.
Catherine: Since last year she married William, British prince, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (née Middleton) has become the fairy tale princess over top of the moment, besides fashion icon.
Christine Lagarde: Christine Lagarde took all the headlines last year when he was named director of the IMF, replacing Dominique Strauss-Kahn after his scandalous departure.
Cristina Fernandez: The first woman elected president of Argentina and the only re-elected with 54% of the vote.
Rousseff: The first woman elected president in Brazil, in August 2011 was number 3 on the Forbes list of most powerful women in the world.
(The True) Queen Elizabeth: Queen Elizabeth II is 85 years old. This year celebrates its diamond jubilee, and still retains its power intact.
Hilary Clinton: Secretary of State is number 67 in the USA, in administration of Barack Obama. Hilary Rodham Clinton is also the wife of former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
JK Rowling: JK Rowling, 46 years old, is the author of Harry Potter, the best selling book in history. In 2011, his fortune was estimated at one trillion dollars.
Lady Gaga: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (better known as Lady Gaga), with only 25 sold an estimated 23 million albums worldwide, making it one of the artists who sold more albums in history.
Meryl Streep: One of the most respected actresses of her generation, Meryl Streep recently won his second Academy Award after being nominated 17 times.
Michelle Obama: As the U.S. First Lady (the first African American to hold that position) Michelle Obama has become a fashion icon and a role model for women. It also became known for his fight for awareness on issues such as poverty, nutrition and health.
Oprah Winfrey: With a media career that has lasted more than 30 years, Oprah Winfrey is still one of the most influential women in the world. He was in the ranking of the richest people in the twentieth century.
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