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The Most Influential Women Of 2018

Updated January 22, 2019 67.5k votes 3.8k voters 49.9k views61 items

List RulesVote up the women who had the biggest impact in 2018.

The greatest women in history change the game in terms of the power and the presence women have in society. From inspirational female celebrities to business women to political activists, women have made a truly amazing impact in 2018! While much of the news about women in the world has been bleak, it has been a great year for women in terms of illuminating and addressing systemic problems in the United States and the world.

The Me Too movement has made many aware of the epidemic of sexual violence in Hollywood and elsewhere and has been spearheaded by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Ashley Judd, and Salma Hayek. In the wake of Hillary Clinton's 2016 loss, female politicians like Elizabeth Warren have become an increasingly vocal presence in the political sector. Powerful world leaders like Angela Merkel and Meghan Markle continue to make headlines and female writers like Roxane Gay put difficult topics into perspective for the public.  

Who are the most inspiring women of 2018? Vote up the most influential women below and feel free to add anyone you think is missing! Then see what ladies are making waves in 2019.

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    Betty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress and comedian, with...  more

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    Ashley Judd (born April 19, 1968) is an American actress, and a political activist. She grew...  more

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    Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an American actress, producer, and...  more

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    Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known...  more

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    Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television...  more

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    Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey, January 29, 1954) is an American media...  more

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