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Women hold their own in Fortune's ranking of 'world's greatest leaders'

They account for 23 this year on a list of 50, compared with 15 last year and 19 in 2014

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HOLDING UP HALF THE SKY: Mrs Merkel (above), Ms Suu Kyi, Ms Figueres, Ms Hasina and Justice Ginsburg are the women among the top 10 named in Fortune's list of the World's Greatest Leaders this year.

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HOLDING UP HALF THE SKY: Mrs Merkel, Ms Suu Kyi (above), Ms Figueres, Ms Hasina and Justice Ginsburg are the women among the top 10 named in Fortune's list of the World's Greatest Leaders this year.

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HOLDING UP HALF THE SKY: Mrs Merkel, Ms Suu Kyi, Ms Figueres (above), Ms Hasina and Justice Ginsburg are the women among the top 10 named in Fortune's list of the World's Greatest Leaders this year.

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HOLDING UP HALF THE SKY: Mrs Merkel, Ms Suu Kyi, Ms Figueres, Ms Hasina (above) and Justice Ginsburg are the women among the top 10 named in Fortune's list of the World's Greatest Leaders this year.

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HOLDING UP HALF THE SKY: Mrs Merkel, Ms Suu Kyi, Ms Figueres, Ms Hasina and Justice Ginsburg (above) are the women among the top 10 named in Fortune's list of the World's Greatest Leaders this year.

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FORTUNE Magazine released its third annual list of the World's Greatest Leaders on Thursday, and for the first time, the list of 50 CEOs, heads of state, activists and other leaders is nearly half women - there are 23 this year, compared with 15 last year and 19 in 2014.

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