International Women's Day: 10 Powerful Women of 2012

March 8, 2012 By:
International Women's Day: 10 Powerful Women of 2012

For more than a century now, International Women’s Day has served as a day to honor successful women all over the globe and celebrate the achievements of influential women everywhere.

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MSN asked their users around the world who they think are the most powerful women of 2012, and here are a handful of lovely ladies that made the list.

Meryl Streep: Meryl is not only one of the most revered actresses of her generation, she remains ever humble and graceful. Streep recently won her third Oscar, after being nominated 17 times.

Arianna Huffington: The Greek-American author and columnist is the co-founder of The Huffington Post.

Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkol Karman: The three women were given the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. They were awarded the honor for their “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work."

Lady Gaga: She’s weird, but she’s philanthropic. Lady Gaga makes the best out of her bizarre reputation—raising awareness for causes and enlisting the help of her Little Monsters.

Anna Wintour: The elusive editor-in-chief of Vogue made the list, having been a fashion journalism icon for nearly 25 years.

Michelle Obama: FLOTUS is a fierce First Lady. She’s become a fashion icon, role model, and she also uses her status to raise awareness for poverty and proper nutrition.

J.K. Rowling: The author of the Harry Potter series has an estimated net worth of $1 billion. Harry Potter is the best-selling book series in history.

Oprah: Well, no kidding! For a while, Oprah was the world’s only Black billionaire, and she’s used her success to draw attention to various global causes.

Beyonce: Women love Beyonce. The news of her pregnancy made headlines for months, and the public is still waiting to see more pictures of Blue Ivy Carter.

Duchess Catherine: Better known as Kate Middleton, William’s other half is definitely a Princess of the People. She’s used her status and global fame to take part in a variety of philanthropic causes.