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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 II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Meghan, Duchess of Susse... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Melania Trump is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Beyoncé Knowles ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Nancy Pelosi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Gal Gadot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Megyn Kelly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Emma González is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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