Fortune has named the 50 most powerful women in business and they are incredibly inspiring

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  • From tech CEOs to big time beauty names, these are the business women to look up to this year

    You would be forgiven for thinking that 2017 has been a bleak year for women in business, with sad revelations about the realities of the gender pay gap and sexual harassment emerging each week.

    Thankfully there’s some good news – for the 20th year running Fortune has released their 2017 list, ranking the 50 most powerful businesswomen – and just looking at the list is getting us empowered.

    From the CEOs of Pepsi and Facebook to the COO of Facebook and the President of Hershey, these influential women cover all spectrums, with Reese Witherspoon just falling short of a mention, ranking 51st for the launch of her Emmy award winning production company, Pacific Standard, and her lifestyle brand, Draper James.

    These 50 women prove that when it comes to business, women are right there at the forefront, so if you’re feeling disempowered, give this a read…

    1. Mary Barra
    Chairman and CEO, General Motors
    2. Indra Nooyi
    Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
    3. Marillyn Hewson
    Chairman, President and CEO, Lockheed Martin
    4. Abigail Johnson
    Chairman and CEO, Fidelity Investments
    5. Sheryl Sandberg
    COO, Facebook

    Sheryl Sandberg. Credit: Rex

    6. Ginni Rometty
    Chairman, President and CEO, IBM
    7. Meg Whitman
    CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    8. Safra Catz
    Co-CEO, Oracle
    9. Phebe Novakovic
    Chairman and CEO, General Dynamics
    10. Ruth Porat
    SVP and CFO, Alphabet

    Fortune powerful women

    Indra Nooyi. Credit: Rex

    11. Lynn Good
    Chairman, President and CEO, Duke Energy
    12. Helena Foulkes
    President, CVS/Pharmacy
    13. Angela Ahrendts
    SVP, Retail, Apple
    14. Susan Wojcicki
    CEO, YouTube
    15. Tricia Griffith
    President and CEO, Progressive

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    Angela Ahrendts. Credit: Rex

    16. Cathy Engelbert
    CEO, Deloitte
    17. Pam Nicholson
    President and CEO, Enterprise Holdings
    18. Ann Marie Campbell
    EVP, U.S. Stores, Home Depot
    19. Geisha Williams
    CEO and President, PG&E Corporation
    20. Debra Reed
    Chairman, President and CEO, Sempra Energy

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    Mary Barra. Credit: Rex

    21. Karen Lynch
    President, Aetna
    22. Sandra Peterson
    Group Worldwide Chair, Johnson & Johnson
    23. Heather Bresch
    CEO, Mylan
    24. Marianne Lake
    CFO, JPMorgan Chase
    25. Margaret Keane
    President and CEO, Synchrony Financial

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    Sandra Peterson. Credit: Rex

    26. Amy Hood
    EVP and CFO, Microsoft
    27. Mary Callahan Erdoes
    CEO, JPM Asset Management, JPMorgan Chase
    28. Judith McKenna
    EVP and COO, Walmart
    29. Barbara Rentler
    CEO, Ross Stores
    30. Leanne Caret
    President and CEO of Defense, Space & Security, Boeing

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    Mary Callahan Erdoes. Credit: Rex

    31. Denise Morrison
    President and CEO, Campbell Soup
    32. Vicki Hollub
    President and CEO, Occidental Petroleum
    33. Shari Ballard
    Senior EVP and President of Multichannel Retail, Best Buy
    34. Debra Crew
    President and CEO, Reynolds American, British American Tobacco
    35. Kathleen Murphy
    President, Personal Investing, Fidelity Investments

    Fortune powerful women

    Denise Morrison. Credit: Rex

    36. Lynne Doughtie
    Chairman and CEO, KPMG U.S.
    37. Mary Mack
    Senior EVP and Head of Community Banking, Wells Fargo
    38. Julie Sweet
    CEO, North America, Accenture
    39. Carolyn Tastad
    Group President, North America, Procter & Gamble
    40. Bridget Van Kralingen
    SVP, Industry Platforms, IBM

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    Julie Sweet. Credit: Rex

    41. Crystal Hanlon
    President, Northern Division, Home Depot
    42. Shira Goodman
    CEO, Staples
    43. Jennifer Taubert
    Company Group Chairman, Johnson & Johnson
    44. Anna Manning
    President and CEO, Reinsurance Group of America

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    Mary Dillon. Credit: Rex

    45. Michele Buck
    President and CEO, Hershey
    46. Deanna Mulligan
    President and CEO, Guardian Life Insurance
    47. Bonnie Hammer
    Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group, Comcast
    48. Mary Dillon
    CEO, Ulta Beauty
    49. Margo Georgiadis
    CEO, Mattel
    50. Anne Finucane
    Vice Chairman, Bank of America

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