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Most Influential Female Leaders of 2011 by FavePages Team

by FavePages Team, posted to Career & Money

"Successful leaders don't start out asking, "What do I want to do?" They ask, "What needs to be done?" They motivate others, show courage, take risks, do things they might be scared to do. So who are the top female leaders of 2011? Here are our picks - we'd love your votes and suggestions.

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Angela Merkel

German Chancellor. Earned a doctorate in physics in East Germany...more

Her role in the European debt crisis is so pivotal that it prompted one economics writer to note that it’s “only a slight exaggeration to say that the fate of the world is in one woman’s hands?”

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Tawakkol Karman

Nobel Peace Price Winner. A leading figure in Yemen’s populist...more

Very courageous woman who was able to lead a revolution. “This will give the people more strength, and to recognize that peace is the only way, that making a new Yemen must come without violence,

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Leymah Gbowee and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Liberian President and her fellow Liberian, they are winners of the...more

They have done everything from leading street protests, negotiating settlements, running truth commissions, disarming militias, reintegrating child soldiers back into society, passing laws to convict rapists, ending trafficking, ruling without corruption in the post-conflict chaos…

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Oprah Winfrey

Her accomplishments as a global media leader and philanthropist have...more

Through the power of media, Oprah Winfrey has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world. As supervising producer and host of the top-rated, award-winning The Oprah Winfrey Show, she has entertained, enlightened and uplifted millions of viewers for the past two decades.

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Amy Chua

Author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Can a regimen of no...more

Few have the guts to parent in public. Amy's memoir is brutally honest, and her willingness to share her struggles is a gift. Whether or not you agree with her priorities and approach, she should be applauded for raising these issues with a thoughtful, humorous and authentic voice.

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Michelle Obama

44th First Lady, a lawyer, a Chicago city administrator, a community...more

Michelle Obama has focused her attention on issues such as the support of military families, helping working women balance career and family, and encouraging national service.

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Meg Whitman

CEO of Hewlitt Packard

She has been a powerhouse leader for most of her career. eBay was the fastest growing company in history for it's first eight years under her reign. Fortune's named her the Most Powerful Woman in 2004 and 2010 she was the republican gubernatorial candidate for California and lost to Jerry Brown.

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Sheryl Sandberg

COO of Facebook.

Big believer in women leaders and discusses this in several recent speeches as a call to action. "Go home tonight and ask yourselves, what would I do if I weren't afraid? - And then go do it."

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Gabrielle Giffords

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, 41, had a personally tragic,...more

8 months later, she walked onto the House floor for the debt-ceiling vote; the surprise visit brought thunderous applause and briefly removed the bitterness built up over months of partisan squabbling.

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Hillary Clinton - Forbes

Hillary Clinton on Forbes - #16 Powerful People, #2 Powerful Women

She handled a difficult year well, including the Arab Spring uprisings, WikiLeaks' release of sensitive American diplomatic cables, Iran's alleged murder attempt on the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. and the death of Osama bin Laden.

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