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Kristen Stewart on Vanity Fair's Top 40 List

Kristen Stewart Is Sole Female Among Top 15 Highest Earners

Ladies, we have come a long way since the days of fighting for women's suffrage. From business to sports, we've advanced our professional status by leaps and bounds. So I was truly amazed to discover that on Vanity Fair's recently released "Hollywood's Top 40," a list of Tinseltown's top moneymakers, only one lady landed a top-15 title.

Love her or hate her (and her acting chops), No. 13 Kristen Stewart was the highest ranking female on the list with estimated 2010 earnings of $28.5 million, beating out onscreen vampire hubby, Robert Pattinson. I really shouldn't be surprised since women make about 21 percent less than men on average. However, I figured Hollywood plays by different rules; I assumed that the amount of star power some of these starlets hold and media attraction from the paparazzi would dictate their worth. Apparently, I was wrong; it pays to be the boss — just ask list leader, James Cameron, who earned an estimated $257 million for writing, directing, and producing Avatar.

Find out which leading lady trails behind K. Stew in the No. 18 position when you read more.

The second-highest female earner of 2010 goes to Jennifer Aniston with an estimated $24.5 million. Since Jennifer is a spokesperson for Smartwater, and this list only includes work in film, it got me thinking how different the lineup might look if we include all the celebrity endorsements, fashion lines, perfumes, etc. Still, it would be nice to see more women at the top of VF's list.

Do you agree? Tell me what you think in the comments.

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