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11/03/2011 08:46 pm ET | Updated Jan 03, 2012

Forbes Most Powerful People List: Women Take Only 6 Out Of 70 Spots

Yesterday, Forbes released its list of the world's 70 Most Powerful People. You would think that such a list would be filled with fascinating people of both sexes. But Forbes could only think of six women to fill the ranks.

While many have commented on the fact that President Barack Obama took the top spot, Forbes' decision to honor just six women -- that's 8% of the world's "70 who matter" -- caught us off guard.

This stands in stark contrast to the Time 100 list for 2011, which includes 34 women (34% of the list for those keeping count).

In a separate list, Forbes ranks the world's 100 Most Powerful Women. The vast majority of these women didn't make the Most Powerful People list.

According to Forbes, the ranking takes into account four factors -- the number of people a person has power over, the financial resources a person controls, the number of spheres of influence the person has, and how actively the person wields his or her power.

Are these criteria rigidly objective, or did other female leaders deserve to make Forbes' list?

Below, a look at the six out of seventy:

Forbes Top Women