The top 20 most powerful women of all time

Friday 8th March 2019 marks International Women’s Day. The theme this year is #BalanceforBetter. “A balanced world is a better world.”

To celebrate International Women’s Day and raise awareness of women’s achievement we have curated a list of the world’s top 20 most powerful women of all time.

1. Queen Victoria

2. Marie Curie – Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

3. Elizabeth II – Monarch

4. Diana, Princess of Wales – Crown Princess

5. Mother Teresa – Nun, Teacher

6. Joan of Arc – Military Leader

7. Margaret Thatcher – Statesman, Politician, Chemist

8. Anne Frank – Author, Writer

9. Helen Keller – Pacifist, Lecturer, Author

10. Cleopatra – Ruler

11. Eleanor Roosevelt – Politician, Diplomat, Author

12. J. K. Rowling – Novelist, Film Producer, Author

13. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

14. Condoleezza Rice – Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat

15. Malala Yousafzai – Writer

16. Sonia Sotomayor – Editor, Judge, Jurist

17. Rosa Parks – Activist

18. Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Judge, Jurist, Lawyer

19. Marillyn Hewson – Businessperson – CEO of Lockheed Martin

20. Ewa Kopacz – General practitioner, Politician – Prime Minister of Poland

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Laura Geaves

Laura Geaves

Having experienced globally diverse cultures within a multitude of organizations, Laura's aim is to support clients in building a borderless workforce.

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