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Is Michelle Obama More Powerful than Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Forbes Says Yes

Posted Aug 24, 2009 7:27 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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What do Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor have in common with the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the general counsel of Pfizer?

All are among the world’s 100 most powerful women, according to Forbes magazine.

The magazine ranked Ginsburg the 48th most powerful woman, Sotomayor the 55th, SEC chairman Mary Schapiro the 56th, and Pfizer general counsel and senior vice president Amy Schulman the 81st.

There are other lawyers on the list, although they aren’t working in legal-specific jobs. They include Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. chairman Sheila Bair, ranked second; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ranked 36th; and first lady Michelle Obama, ranked 40th.

The magazine ranked the women based on visibility in the press and size of the organization or country they lead, according to a Forbes summary.

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