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December 30, 2017

We often wonder why it's harder to be successful in business if you are a woman (or to climb the corporate ladder for that matter). The answers are many and varied, and often not very accurate, but the fact remains - the paths of success for the two genders are different as the challenges faced by female entrepreneurs are on a different level. Still, huge progress is made and here are some inspiring results in the Forbes list of the world's most powerful women:

Who runs the world in 2017? This year there's a whole new class of women in power.

Last year was a tough one for women. It seemed like we were on the verge of electing a woman as the most powerful person on the planet. Of course that's not the way it worked out. Hillary Clinton’s stunning loss in the 2016 U.S. presidential election left many women feeling untethered (and pushed Clinton down 63 spots on our list from No.2 in 2016 to 65 this year).

So who runs the world in 2017? German Chancellor Angela Merkel retains the top spot on this year's class of female leaders -- for the seventh consecutive year and 12 times in total. She's followed by an unexpected newcomer, U.K. Prime Theresa May (No. 2), who is leading her country through Brexit, a historic, complex and transformative time for the country and the European Union. May is followed by Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who, along with her husband Bill, has distributed more than $40 billion in grants to date and supports organizations in over 100 countries. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (No. 4) and GM CEO Mary Barra (No. 5) round out the top five. 



See Full List: 100 World's Most Powerful Women

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