Who are Forbes' 10 most powerful women?

Every year, Forbes releases a list of the world’s most powerful woman, influential in everything from politics to technology to culture.

8. Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States

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    First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughter Sasha (l.) walk toward waiting vehicles, following a bicycle ride in Manuel F. Correllus State Forest in West Tisbury, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Tuesday, Aug. 23.
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Mrs. Obama is enjoying much better approval ratings than her husband, Forbes reports. Hers hovered around 70 percent, while President Barack Obama’s are below 40 percent. She has used her high profile to champion her pet cause of ending childhood obesity and this year, in tandem with the US Department of Agriculture, she unveiled MyPlate, which revamps the way people assess the nutritional standards of a meal. Last year, Michelle Obama was Forbes’ most powerful woman.

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