"They're starting revolutions, opening schools and fostering a brave new generation. From Detroit to Kabul these women are making their voices be heard," the Daily Beast's website stated.
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Livni, the only Israeli woman featured in the list was described as "The first female opposition leader in Israel's history."
"Livni quickly rose through government ranks through from her first appointment in 2001 to being sworn in as the first female vice prime minister five years later. Currently the head of Kadima, Israel's largest political party, Livni is one of the most powerful women in the country.
Livni described as 'steadfast proponent of the peace process' (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
"A former lawyer known for her honesty and integrity she has been a steadfast proponent of the peace process. Livni was the chief negotiator for Israel in talks with Palestinians supporting a pullout from the Gaza Strip and a two-state solution to the conflict. She is also an active advocate for women's and gay rights."
Livni said in response: "I am glad Israel is represented in this distinguished list in a positive connotation of powerful women, especially at a time when Israel is often mentioned in connection to wrongful phenomenon such as the discrimination of women. I hope that more women will become inspired to act and fight for their right to determine their future, as I plan to continue fighting for Israel's values."
The list features prominent women from all walks of life including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, as well as actresses Meryl Streep and Angelina Jolie and British singer Adele. Also featured in the list is US war correspondent Marie Colvin who died in Syria in February 22.
Among the 150 women in the list, 52 are from the US, four are from Britain, six are from Iran and five are from Egypt.
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