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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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Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 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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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Melania Trump is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Gal Gadot is listed (or ranked) 13 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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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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Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Selena Gomez is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 21 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

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Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 22 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

The Most Beautiful Women In Hollywood

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 23 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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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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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Tomi Lahren is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Emma González is listed (or ranked) 27 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

The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years

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Dalia Grybauskaitė is listed (or ranked) 28 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

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Park Geun-hye is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Sheikh Hasina is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Helle Thorning-Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Beata Szydło is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RobertDowney added Beata Szydło Beata Szydło is a Polish politician. She was elected to the Sejm on September 25, 2005 getting 14447 votes in 12 Chrzanów district, candidating from the Law and Justice list.

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Tsai Ing-wen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RobertDowney added Tsai Ing-wen Tsai Ing-wen is a Taiwanese politician who currently serves as the chair of the Democratic Progressive Party. Tsai previously served as chair from 2008 to 2012, and was the party's presidential ...more

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Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RobertDowney added Cristina Fernández de Kirchner Cristina Elisabet Fernández de Kirchner, known as Cristina Kirchner and often referred to by her initials CFK, is the current President of Argentina and widow of former president ...more

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Christine Lagarde is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RobertDowney added Christine Lagarde Christine Lagarde is the current Minister of economy, finance and employment of France. She is the first woman who holds this position and she just recently entered government in 2005. ...more

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Sonia Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Judy Smith is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Erna Solberg is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
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Michelle Bachelet is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Arundhati Bhattacharya is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Tarana Burke is listed (or ranked) 43 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

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Aung San Suu Kyi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RobertDowney added Aung San Suu Kyi Aung San Suu Kyi AC is a Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Burma. In the 1990 general election, the NLD won 59% of the national votes and 81% ...more

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Janet Yellen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RobertDowney added Janet Yellen Janet Louise Yellen is an American economist. She is the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, previously serving as Vice Chair from 2010 to 2014. Previously, she was ...more

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RobertDowney added Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born 29 October 1938) is the 24th and current President of Liberia. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup ...more

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Saara Kuugongelwa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
RobertDowney added Saara Kuugongelwa Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila is a Namibian politician who has been Prime Minister of Namibia since 2015. A member of the South West Africa People's Organization, Kuugongelwa has been a member of ...more

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Kellyanne Conway is listed (or ranked) 48 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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Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Patty Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2018
The Superhero Nerd added Patty Jenkins Patricia Lea "Patty" Jenkins is an American film director and writer. She grew up around the world and attended the AFI Conservatory. She graduated from The Cooper Union for the ...more