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The Most Influential Women Of 2018  

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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! Then see what ladies are making waves in 2019.

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Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (née Robinson; born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer, university administrator and writer, who was the first lady of the United States from 2009 to ...more
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Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Elizabeth Ann Warren (née Herring; born June 22, 1949) is an American politician and former academic serving as the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts since 2013. She was ...more
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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress, model and activist. Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School and trained as an ...more
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Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms.Elizabeth was born in London as the first child of the Duke ...more
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (, born Joan Ruth Bader; March 15, 1933) is an American lawyer and jurist who is an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill ...more
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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and ...more
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Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Angela Dorothea Merkel (, German: [aŋˈɡeːla ˈmɛɐ̯kl̩]; née Kasner; born 17 July 1954) is a German politician serving as Chancellor of Germany since 2005. She served as the leader of the ...more
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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey, January 29, 1954) is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk ...more
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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage. Born and ...more
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Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Theresa Mary May (; née Brasier; born 1 October 1956) is a British politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party from 2016 to ...more
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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Sandra Annette Bullock (; born July 26, 1964) is an American actress, producer, and philanthropist. She was the highest paid actress in the world in 2010 and 2014. In 2015, Bullock was chosen as ...more
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Nancy Pelosi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Nancy Patricia Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) is an American politician and a member of the Democratic Party. She has served as speaker of the United States House of Representatives since January ...more
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Megyn Kelly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Megyn Marie Kelly (born November 18, 1970) is an American journalist and former corporate defense attorney. She was a news anchor at Fox News from 2004 to 2017, and a talk show host and ...more
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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Joanne Rowling ( "rolling"; born 31 July 1965), better known by her pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British novelist, screenwriter, producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for ...more
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (born Rachel Meghan Markle; August 4, 1981), is an American-born member of the British royal family and former actress. Markle was raised in Los Angeles, California and ...more
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Melania Trump is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Melania Trump (born April 26, 1970) is a Slovenian-American former fashion model and the current first lady of the United States, by virtue of her marriage to President Donald Trump.Melanija ...more
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Betsy DeVos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Betsy DeVos
Elisabeth Dee DeVos (; née Prince; born January 8, 1958) is the 11th and current United States Secretary of Education since 2017. DeVos is a Republican known for her support for school ...more
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Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Ivana Marie "Ivanka" Trump (), also known as Yael Kushner (Hebrew: יָעֵל, lit. ibex; born October 30, 1981) is an American businesswoman, fashion designer, author, and reality ...more
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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter ( bee-YON-say; born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé performed in various ...more
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Gal Gadot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Gal Gadot Varsano (Hebrew: גל גדות‎, [ˈɡal ɡaˈdot]; born 30 April 1985) is an Israeli actress and model. At age 18, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. She then served two years in the Israel ...more
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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Charlize Theron ( shar-LEEZ THERR-ən; Afrikaans: [ʃarˈlis trɔn]; born 7 August 1975) is a South African and American actress and producer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an ...more
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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. Often described as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly known for her ...more
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Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Katherine Anne Couric ( KURR-ik; born January 7, 1957) is an American journalist and author. She recently served as Yahoo's Global News Anchor. Couric has been a television host on all Big Three ...more
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Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. The recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy ...more
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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Ariana Grande-Butera (; born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. A multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist, she is known for her wide vocal range, which ...more