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List Rules Vote 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! 

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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
jsnungaray added Betty White Betty White Ludden, known professionally as Betty White, is an American actress, comedienne, author, producer, radio host, singer, and television personality. In 2013, the Guinness World Records ...more

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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
jsnungaray added Sandra Bullock Sandra Annette Bullock is an American actress and film producer. She is one of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses, and is the recipient of one Academy Award from two nominations, and one Golden ...more

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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
jsnungaray added Charlize Theron Charlize Theron is a South African and American actress, producer, and fashion model. She starred in early films in the late 1990s, such as The Devil's Advocate, Mighty Joe Young and The Cider ...more

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Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
jsnungaray added Barbra Streisand Barbra Joan Streisand is an American singer, songwrighter, actress, director, writer, composer, producer, designer, author, photographer, and activist. During a career spanning six decades, she ...more

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Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Elizabeth II Elizabeth II is the Queen of 16 of the 53 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations. She is Head of the Commonwealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Upon her accession on 6 ...more

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
jsnungaray added Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery ...more

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Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Michelle Obama Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is an American lawyer and writer. She is the wife of the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the first African-American First Lady ...more

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Meghan Markle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Meghan Markle Meghan Markle is an American fashion model, spokesmodel, and actress. She stars as Rachel Zane on the USA legal drama Suits. She is formerly the model who held case #24 on the US version of the ...more

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Ellen DeGeneres Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She was the star in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated talk ...more

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Melania Trump is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Melania Trump Melania Knauss-Trump is a Slovenian former model and the wife of American real estate magnate Donald Trump. They married on January 22, 2005.

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Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Reese Witherspoon Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon is an American actress and producer. She made her film debut as the female lead in the film The Man in the Moon in 1991. In 1996, she appeared in Freeway and ...more

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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
J. K. Rowling Joanne "Jo" Rowling, OBE FRSL, pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The books have gained ...more

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Selena Gomez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Katherine Gallardo added Selena Gomez Selena Marie Gomez is an American actress and singer. Born and raised in Grand Prairie, Texas, she was first featured on the children's series Barney & Friends in the early 2000s. In 2007, ...more

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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Oprah Winfrey Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, ...more

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Gal Gadot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
The Superhero Nerd added Gal Gadot Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress and fashion model. She won the Miss Israel title in 2004 and went on to represent Israel at the 2004 Miss Universe beauty pageant. She is the leading fashion ...more

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She ...more

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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Emma Watson Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is an English actress, model, and activist. Watson rose to prominence as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, appearing in all eight Harry Potter films ...more

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Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Ivanka Trump Ivanka Marie Trump is an American businesswoman, writer, and former model. In her role as Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at The Trump Organization, Trump is involved ...more

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Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Angela Merkel Angela Merkel is the current Chancellor of Germany and the head of the political party CDU in Germany. In addition to being the first female German Chanchellor, she is also considered by Forbes ...more

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Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Melinda Gates Melinda French Gates, is an American businessperson and philanthropist. She is the wife of Bill Gates, and the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She worked at Microsoft, ...more

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jkzion21 added Sarah Huckabee Sanders Sarah Elizabeth Huckabee Sanders (born August 13, 1982) is an American campaign manager and political advisor who was appointed White House Press Secretary to President Donald Trump in July ...more

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Meryl Streep Meryl Streep is an American actress. A three-time Academy Award winner, she is widely regarded as one of the greatest film actors of all time. Streep made her professional stage debut in The ...more

The Most Beautiful Full-Figured Women on Earth

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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Beyoncé Knowles Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, and ...more

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Emma González is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Emma González Emma González is an American activist and advocate for gun control. As a high school senior she survived the February 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, and ...more

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Kellyanne Conway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
jkzion21 added Kellyanne Conway Kellyanne Elizabeth Conway is a Republican strategist and pollster. She is president and CEO of the polling company, inc./WomanTrend.

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Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RhiRhiTv added Demi Lovato Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato is an American actress, singer, and songwriter who made her debut as a child actress in Barney & Friends. In 2008, Lovato rose to prominence in the ...more

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Tomi Lahren is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Tomi Lahren Tomi Lahren (born August 11, 1992) is an American conservative political commentator and former television host. She garnered international attention as the host of Tomi on TheBlaze, ...more

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Tulla Luana is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
José Renato Andrade Filho added Tulla Luana

Tulla Luana Fontes dos Santos is a brazilian youtuber superstar, the biggest one in Brazil, she created a memes like "muito que bem" and "Lambe meu cu cheio de merda". She is doing a tour around Brazil that she calls her 'projeto tour', she is engaged with John Carlos.

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Tina Fey Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, the ...more

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Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RobertDowney added Theresa May Theresa Mary May PC is a British Conservative politician, and the current UK Home Secretary. May was first elected to Parliament in 1997 as Member of Parliament for Maidenhead. She went on to be ...more

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Park Geun-hye is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RobertDowney added Park Geun-hye Park Geun-hye is the eleventh and current President of South Korea. She is the first woman to be elected as President in South Korea and is serving the 18th presidential term. She also is the ...more

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Tarana Burke is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Tarana Burke Tarana Burke is an African-American civil rights activist from The Bronx, New York who founded the Me Too movement. In 2006, Burke began using the phrase "Me Too" to raise awareness of ...more

Famous Men Who Married Older Women

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Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
jkzion21 added Sarah Palin Sarah Louise Palin is an American politician, commentator, and author who served as the ninth Governor of Alaska, from 2006 to her resignation in 2009. As the Republican Party nominee for Vice ...more

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Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Elizabeth Warren Elizabeth Ann Warren is an American academic and politician who is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. She was previously a Harvard Law ...more

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Sheikh Hasina is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RobertDowney added Sheikh Hasina Sheikh Hasina is the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh, in office since January 2009. She previously served as Prime Minister from 1996 to 2001, and she has led the Bangladesh Awami League ...more

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Arundhati Bhattacharya is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RobertDowney added Arundhati Bhattacharya Arundhati Bhattacharya is an Indian banker. She is the first woman to be the Chairperson of State Bank of India. In 2014, she was listed as the 36th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.

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Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Salma Hayek Salma Hayek Pinault is a Mexican and American film actress, director, and producer. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and went on to star in the film El ...more

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Betsy DeVos is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Betsy DeVos Elisabeth Dee DeVos (born January 8, 1958) is an American businesswoman, philanthropist, politician, and the United States Secretary of Education. DeVos is a Republican known for her support for ...more

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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Jennifer Lawrence Jennifer Shrader Lawrence is an American actress. Her first major role was as a lead cast member on the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. She appeared in the independent dramas The Burning Plain ...more

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Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Erna Solberg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RobertDowney added Erna Solberg Erna Solberg is a Norwegian politician who has been Prime Minister of Norway since October 2013. She has also been leader of the Conservative Party since May 2004. Solberg has served as a member ...more

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Tiffany Haddish is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Tiffany Haddish Tiffany Haddish credits her social worker for her success as a comedian/actress. Growing up in foster care in South Central Los Angeles, it was her excessive talking and imaginary friends that ...more

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Sonia Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RobertDowney added Sonia Gandhi Sonia Gandhi is an Italian-born Indian politician, who has served as President of the Indian National Congress party since 1998. She is the widow of former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi ...more

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Meghan McCain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Meghan McCain Meghan Marguerite McCain is an American columnist, author and blogger. She is a daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain and Cindy Hensley McCain. McCain first received media attention in 2007 for ...more

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Michelle Bachelet is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RobertDowney added Michelle Bachelet Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria is a Socialist Party politician and the President of Chile since 11 March 2014. She previously served as President from 2006–2010, becoming the first ...more

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Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Cardi B Belcalis Almanzar (born October 11, 1992), known professionally as Cardi B, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and media personality. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, she first ...more

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Judy Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RobertDowney added Judy Smith Judy A. Smith is an American author, television producer, and crisis manager. She is known as the founder, president, and CEO of the crisis management firm, Smith & Company. Her work in ...more

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Kate Spade is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Kayla Kelly added Kate Spade Kate Brosnahan Spade is the co-founder and namesake of the designer brand, Kate Spade New York.

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Helle Thorning-Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RobertDowney added Helle Thorning-Schmidt Helle Thorning-Schmidt is a Danish politician who has been the Prime Minister of Denmark since 3 October 2011, and the Leader of the Social Democrats since 12 April 2005. She is the first woman ...more

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Dalia Grybauskaitė is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RobertDowney added Dalia Grybauskaitė Dalia Grybauskaitė is the President of Lithuania, inaugurated on 12 July 2009 and re-elected in May 2014. She is the country's first female President and the first to be elected for a second ...more