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The world's most influential women

Last updated on: November 3, 2010 11:36 IST
Margaret Thatcher and Angelina Jolie

If you had a choice, would you rather be like former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher or superstar Angelina Jolie?

 

It seems that women would rather follow in the footsteps of Thatcher than Jolie, as the former has topped the list of most influential women in the world, according to a survey.

 

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The world's most influential women

Last updated on: November 3, 2010 11:36 IST
Britain's Queen Elizabeth

Thatcher garnered 31 percent of votes, while supermodel Kate Moss got just 1 percent, in the women's role model survey conducted by YouGov and AOL UK.

 

Florence Nightingale came in second, Mother Teresa third, Holocaust victim Anne Frank secured the eight spot and feminist writer Germaine Greer came in at the eleventh spot, reports The Guardian.


The world's most influential women

Last updated on: November 3, 2010 11:36 IST
Michelle Obama and J K Rowling

But even though Thatcher was at the top, only 2 per cent women wanted to swap lives with her. When asked who they would most like to be, 26 percent of women chose Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

 

With 13 per cent of the women rooting for her, the multi-millionaire author shared the sixth spot with America's First Lady Michelle Obama.

The world's most influential women

Last updated on: November 3, 2010 11:36 IST
Oprah Winfrey

She might be the most powerful celebrity in the world, but talk show host Oprah Winfrey lost out to Mother Teresa (who got 25 per cent of the votes and bagged the third spot) and Britain's Queen Elizabeth (who got 24 per cent of the vote and bagged the fourth spot).

 

Winfrey, with 14 per cent of the votes, found herself at the fifth spot.


The world's most influential women

Last updated on: November 3, 2010 11:36 IST
Mother Teresa

"It's clear from the research that qualities such as intelligence and independence are highly regarded when it comes to women's perceptions of well-being, while women promoted solely on the basis of appearance are largely disregarded by a nation who want to see their role models do something with their lives," said Beverley Skeggs, a sociologist at Goldsmiths College, London.


The world's most influential women

Last updated on: November 3, 2010 11:36 IST
Former US Secretary of State Dr Condoleezza Rice

Commitment, hard work and intelligence were the most cited criteria on which the women were chosen. Some women also termed prettiness as a factor in judging the influence of a woman.