10 most powerful women in Washington
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3. Sheila Bair
Chair of the FDIC
A Bush holdover, Bair has raised the profile of a typically sleepy post by loudly defending the rights of Main Street over Wall Street and pushing banks to rework mortgages.
NEXT: 4. Christina Romer
Last updated September 10 2009: 3:38 PM ET
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