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The power of Ginsburg and Sotomayor

Sitting on the nation’s highest court is, no doubt, a powerful position – but perhaps not as powerful as one might think.

Forbes magazine has compiled a list of the most powerful women in the world. And while both of the female justices of the Court made the list, they’re nowhere near the top.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg comes in as the 48th most powerful woman on the list. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who has held her seat on the court for less than a month, holds the number 55 spot on the list.

That, of course, is nothing to sneeze at. But, as the ABA Journal notes, there are other high profile female JDs that come in much higher on the lists than the justices, including first lady Michelle Obama, who is 40th on the list. Obama comes in just four places lower than the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The list is based not on popularity, but influence, according to Forbes, and is based on a formula that examines the women’s visibility and the size of the organizations that they lead. Topping the list, for the fourth year in a row, is German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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