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Queen tops Britain's female power list

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
FILE - Britains Queen Elizabeth II arrives at television studios, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in this Oct. 21, 2010 file photo. Britains Queen Elizabeth II is launching an official Facebook page, offering fans daily updates on her engagements, the royal household said Sunday Nov. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)

FILE - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives at television studios, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in this Oct. 21, 2010 file photo. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is launching an official Facebook page, offering fans daily updates on her engagements, the royal household said Sunday Nov. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)

She commands obedience only from her staff and her corgis, but Queen Elizabeth II has been named Britain's most powerful woman by a BBC radio program.

The monarch topped the list of 100 female figures announced Tuesday on "Woman's Hour," though she is above party politics and her role in government is limited to formalities.

The list was dominated by business leaders and politicians. Home Secretary Theresa May - Britain's interior minister - ranked second, followed by Ana Botin, chief executive of Santander U.K. bank.

The top five also included Supreme Court judge Brenda Hale and Elisabeth Murdoch, chair of television company Shine Group and daughter of media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

The list was assembled by a panel that included journalist Eve Pollard, politicians Priti Patel and Oona King and crime novelist Val McDermid.

Pollard said those in the list "were judged to have power because they had reached a place where they have control - of policy, of direction, of influence, of staff."

She said she hoped the roster would "shine a light on those sectors where too few women are getting to the top, like politics, FTSE companies, the military and journalism."

Others who made the list included Justine Roberts and Carrie Longton, founders of the website Mumsnet; Random House CEO Gail Rebuck; and "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling.

Among those omitted was the former Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William. Pollard said the judges felt Kate had enormous influence - but not, yet, power.

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