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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 is an American lawyer, university administrator, and writer who served as the First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th U.S. ...more
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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed ...more
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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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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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Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is listed (or ranked) 9 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 a former film and television actress. Markle was born and ...more
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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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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Gal Gadot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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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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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Ariana Grande (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. As one of the world's leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for her wide vocal range. Grande has ...more
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Charlize Theron (born 7 August 1975) is a South African-American actress and film producer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and the ...more
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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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
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Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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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Selena Gomez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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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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Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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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Emma González is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (born October 13, 1989) is an American activist, community organizer, and democratic-socialist politician. On June 26, 2018, Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary in ...more
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Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
Robyn Rihanna Fenty, known by her stage name Rihanna, is a Barbadian singer, actress, and fashion designer. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, her career began upon meeting record producer Evan ...more
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Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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