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Several Government Women 'Most Powerful'

By Ed O'Keefe

Sheila Bair, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and Mary Schapiro are four of the 100 "most powerful women."

Who's more powerful than Oprah Winfrey, the Queen of England, Supreme Court justices, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama? Sheila Bair.

The chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ranks second on the Forbes Magazine's "100 Most Power Women in the World List," right behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who tops the list for the fourth straight year.

The secretary of state seems to have found a way to beat an Obama, besting the First Lady by four spots, placing 36th to the First Lady's 40th.

The magazine ranks the women based on two factors: visibility, and the size of the organization or country they lead. Merkel oversees the world's fourth largest economy. Bair gets credit for her agency's successful takeover of 77 banks and for her turf wars with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

A full list government officials appearing on the list, in numerical order:

2.) Sheila Bair, Chairwoman of the FDIC
35.) Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
36.) Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
40.) Michelle Obama, First Lady
48.) Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice
51.) Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary
54.) Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice
55.) Mary Schapiro, Chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission
56.) Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary

Review the full list here.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 20, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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Shelia Blair's name is misspelled in the 4th paragraph and in the listing.

Posted by: shhh | August 20, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

No it's not, you're wrong. See here:

Posted by: Ed O'Keefe | August 20, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

'Jane Erye'; by Charlotte Bronte, the plot of the book is expertly crafted around the tale of the unassuming almost non-existing life of the young girl, Jane. From the time she enters the boarding school, where she is faced with the plagues of disease and famine, to her miraculous decision to become a teacher, her life is a non stop cavalcade. This book is not just about a girl trying to figure out who she is, Jane is rout with peril, not just about who I will become but how will I survive if I have no skill. So, guys this one is not just a chick book, and if you really want to impress your girl, I would highly suggest you invest the time in this one.

Posted by: edtroyhampton | August 20, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

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