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Fortune Names the World's Greatest Women Leaders

Fortune Names the World's Greatest Women Leaders

A record 23 women representing various industries have been featured on Fortune's annual "World's Greatest Leaders" list.

Several MAKERS made the list including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who has continued fighting for women's rights in a recent landmark abortion trial. Other MAKERS on the list include CEO of Girl Scouts USA, Anna Maria Chavez; co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates; and founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, who recently delivered a profound TED talk on why we should be teaching girls bravery, not perfection.

Gates was also featured on 2015's list. She has been making headlines with her remarks about the importance of balancing the burden of unpaid work for women, expressing how it can positively impact the global economy.

Other inspiring women recognized as the world's greatest leaders include Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merke; Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina; leader of Myanmar's National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi; freelance journalist whose work on pollution is censored in China, Chai Jing; and Black Lives Matter co-founders Alicia Garza, Patricia Cullors, and Opal Tometi.

The number of women ranked this year by Fortune as the world's greatest leaders has increased compared to last year's list. In 2015, women occupied just 15 spots.

View Fortune's full list here.

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