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50 women who changed the world

Whatever their chosen field - from politics and popstardom to fashion and feminism - women have been leaving their mark on the world since time began. In celebration of these inspiring trailblazers - and to mark International Women's Day this week - we've selected our top 50 females who have affected life as we know it in their own personal way...

Click an image to launch the gallery, and let us know on Twitter or in the comments section below which women on our list you most admire, who you don't - and who we absolutely should not have missed.

By Anna Pollitt. images: Rex Features/Getty Images

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