By Jocelyn Vena
While the top 10 women on the list are world leaders and business women (including First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton), somewhere in the top 15 is Lady Gaga, who ranks as the highest pop star on the list.
She and the other celebrities scattered on it all made the cut, thanks to their influence not only as pop icons but as forces of change.
While Oprah Winfrey sits higher than Gaga at #11, the Mother Monster earned her #14 spot through her work with her own Born This WayFoundation as well as serving as the face of a number of other causes including the MAC AIDS Foundation.
Next up is Beyoncé who lands at #32. She just partnered with the U.N. to serve as the soundtrack for World Humanitarian Day earlier this month, and much like Gaga, in addition to her undeniable influence over music and fashion, she has also teamed up with a number of other good causes, including working with the Obama Administration on the “Get Moving” campaign.
Jennifer Lopez isn’t far behind at #38, thanks to her work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America as well as her own fund, Lopez Family Foundation, which helps women and children across the globe.
Other celebrities who landed on the list include Shakira (#40), Ellen DeGeneres (#48), Angelina Jolie (#66), Gisele Bundchen (# 83), “Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara (#75) and “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling (#78).
Which woman on the list is the most influential to you?