Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was named by Americans as the Most Admired Woman living today in any part of the world. Clinton has been the Most Admired Woman each of the last 10 years. Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin and Condoleezza Rice round out the top five Most Admired women. These results are based on a Dec. 15-18 USA Today/Gallup poll. In 1946, Gallup first asked Americans to name, without prompting, the person they most admire living in any part of the world. Since 1948, Gallup has asked Americans to name separately the Most Admired Man and Most Admired Woman, and has done so each year except in 1967 (when only Most Admired Man was asked) and 1976. » USA Today/Gallup poll: Most Admired men of 2011 » Read: President Thomas S. Monson one of Americans' 10 'Most Admired Men,' Gallup poll says
Michelle Bachmann is a candidate for the Republican Party nomination in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. Hailing from Minnesota, she has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 2007.
Queen Elizabeth II, constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states including the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, is the patron of more than 600 charities. During her 45 years as queen, she has endeared people worldwide with her engaging and gracious manner.
Stand-up comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has won 13 Emmys. DeGeneres, who came out publicly as a lesbian on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997, is a vocal advocate for gay marriage. In 2009, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals named her "Woman of the Year" for her animal rights advocacy work.
Margaret Thatcher earned the nickname "Iron Lady" during the 11 years she spent as prime minister of the United Kingdom for her strict conservative policies. Britain's first female prime minister, Thatcher is best known for radically transforming the country's housing, transportation and labor industries. She is credited with pulling the United Kingdom out of recession before stepping down in 1990.
Former First Lady Laura Bush is known for her advocacy work in health, education and literacy. With approval rating of 82 percent, she had one of the highest approval ratings of any first lady. Before marrying President George W. Bush in 1977, she was a librarian.
Condoleezza Rice is the director of the Global Center for Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State under President George W. Bush. She was the first African American secretary of state. She was the first woman to serve as the national security adviser to the president.
Sara Palin, the 2008 republican nominee for vice president of the United States, hosts a television show called "Sarah Palin's Alaska" and provides political commentary for Fox News. Before breaking into national politics, she was the youngest and first female governor of Alaska. Her book, "Going Rogue" has sold more than two million copies.
As First Lady, Michelle Obama has focused her attention on fighting childhood obesity, supporting military families and helping working women balance career and family. A lawyer by profession, Obama made the commitment to be away from her children overnight no more than once a week. She and President Barack Obama do not employ a nanny for their two daughters.
Oprah Winfrey, who is best known for her nationally syndicated, self-titled talk show, has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century. A notable philanthropist, Winfrey in 2004 was the first African American named to Business Week's annual ranking of "America's Top Philanthropists."
During her tenure as the United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has advocated expanding the United State's role in global economic issues and pushed for a larger international affairs budget. Before accepting the secretary of state position in 2009, Clinton served as the United States Senator for New York from eight years. In 2008 she went head to head against President Barack Obama for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, winning more primaries and delegates than any other female candidate in American history. Married to Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, she was the nation's first lady from 1993 to 2001.