2012's Most Powerful Moms


Beyoncé, "Hunger Games" author Suzanne Collins and SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro have risen to the top of very different fields, but they all have (at least) one thing in common -- kids.

Working Mother Magazine today named its Most Powerful Moms of 2012, and these three women join seven more movers-and-shakers on the unrated, U.S.-centric list.

Some, like Beyoncé, are new moms; others -- like actress Melissa McCarthy (mom of two) -- have more experience under their belts. They've all experienced firsthand the joys and challenges of parenting, and they've done it while operating in some of the world's most elite circles.

Click through the slideshow below to see the magazine's full list, and visit Working Mother's website for more detailed profiles of these ten phenomenal women.

Which mothers from business, entertainment, politics or other fields do you admire the most? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

  • Melissa McCarthy

    <br>Actress and TV producer</br> <br>(Photo credit: Matt Sayles, AP)</br>

  • Suzanne Collins

    <br>Author</br> <br>(Photo credit: Matt Sayles, AP)</br>

  • Ann Curry

    <br>Co-anchor, "Today" show</br> <br>(Photo credit: Fernando Leon, Getty Images for TIME)</br>

  • Angelina Jolie

    <br>Actress and UN envoy</br> <br>(Photo credit: Michael Sohn, AP)</br>

  • Beyoncé Knowles

    <br>Singer and actress</br> <br>(Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty Images)</br>

  • Sherilyn McCoy

    <br>CEO, Avon</br> <br>(Photo credit: AP/Avon Products, Inc., via PR Newswire)</br>

  • Sheryl Sandberg

    <br>COO, Facebook</br> <br>(Photo credit: Jean-Christophe Bott, AP/Keystone)</br>

  • Mary Schapiro

    <br>Chairman, SEC</br> <br>(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)</br>

  • Sara Blakely

    <br>Founder, Spanx</br> <br>(Photo credit: Fernando Leon, Getty Images for TIME)</br>

  • Katie Jacobs Stanton

    <br>Head of International Strategy, Twitter</br> <br>(Photo credit: Nadine Rupp, Getty Images)</br>

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