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Around the world, women are breaking new ground in business. This year, for the first time in history, 20 female CEOs were installed in the 500 largest U.S. corporations. Here in Australia, women now hold 45% of all managerial and professional positions, and there are a growing number of women on major company boards, inching over 8% here and an incredible 40% in Norway.

They are also leading governments. There are now 14 democratically elected female heads of state, including your very own Julia Gillard. A century ago women were fighting for the right to vote. Today, the fate of Europe rests in the hands of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Meanwhile, Brazil president Dilma Rousseff leads the world’s sixth biggest economy and will host the next World Cup and the next summer Olympics. These women are shaping our world—while also facing the intense pressure of being the first.

Original Story in ForbesWoman: Success Secrets Of The World’s Most Powerful Women