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The Most Influential Women of 2019

Updated January 21, 2020 62.5k votes 4.8k voters 89.4k views94 items

List RulesVote up the women who had the biggest impact in 2019.

UPDATED: Check out the most influential women of 2020!

From inspirational female celebrities to businesswomen to political activists, women have made a truly amazing impact in 2019! They know that the greatest women in history change the game for the generations that follow in terms of the power and the presence women have in society. Even while much of the news about women in the world has been bleak, there are still women illuminating and addressing systemic problems in the United States and the world.

Young female politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are being voted into places of power and finding ways to be a vocal presence for people who are often overlooked. There are more powerful world leaders who are women making headlines - many of which are written by female journalists difficult topics into perspective for the public. Movements like Me Too continue highlighting the epidemic of sexual violence in Hollywood and elsewhere, gaining ever more momentum as they are spearheaded and supported by female celebrities.

Who are the most inspiring women of 2019? Vote up the most influential women below and feel free to add anyone you think is missing!

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    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 in response...  more
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    Nancy Pelosi

    Politician

    Age80

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    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 2019,...  more
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    Angelina Jolie

    Film Producer, Model

    Age45

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    GenderFemale

    Alternative NameAngelina Jolie

    Angelina Jolie (; née Voight, formerly Jolie Pitt, born June 4, 1975) is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. The recipient of such accolades as an Academy Award and three Golden Globe...  more
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    Taylor Swift

    Guitarist, Musician

    Age30

    BirthplaceReading, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    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 raised...  more
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    Demi Lovato

    Musician, Singer-songwriter

    Age28

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Demetria Devonne Lovato ( lə-VAH-toh; born August 20, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She made her debut as a child actress on the children's television series Barney &...  more
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    Halsey

    Singer-songwriter

    BirthplaceEdison, New Jersey

    Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (born September 29, 1994), known professionally as Halsey, is an American singer and songwriter. Her initial recognition came from her self-released music posted on social...  more
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    Age62

    BirthplaceSanta Ana, California, USA

    GenderFemale

    Michelle Marie Pfeiffer (born April 29, 1958) is an American actress, producer and businesswoman. Pfeiffer's performances in a variety of film genres have consistently earned acclaim and several...  more
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    Sandra Oh

    Actor, Voice acting

    Age49

    BirthplaceNepean, Ontario, Canada

    GenderFemale

    Sandra Miju Oh (born July 20, 1971) is a Canadian-American actress. She is best known for her roles as Cristina Yang on the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy (2005–2014) and Eve Polastri in the...  more
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    Kamala Harris

    Politician, Lawyer

    Age55

    BirthplaceCalifornia, Contiguous United States, Oakland, United States of America, United States

    GenderFemale

    Kamala Devi Harris (born October 20, 1964) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the 49th vice president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, Harris is the second African...  more
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    Theresa May

    Politician

    Age64

    BirthplaceEastbourne, United Kingdom

    GenderFemale

    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 2019. May served...  more
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    Danai Gurira

    Actor, Playwright

    Age42

    BirthplaceGrinnell, Iowa, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Danai Jekesai Gurira (born February 14, 1978) is an American actress and playwright. She is best known for her starring roles as Michonne on the AMC horror drama series The Walking Dead (2012–2020)...  more
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    Tina Fey

    Comedian, Television producer

    Age50

    BirthplaceUpper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA

    GenderFemale

    Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and playwright. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night...  more
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    Missy Elliott

    Record producer, Rapper

    Age49

    BirthplacePortsmouth, Virginia, USA

    GenderFemale

    Alternative NameMissy "Misdemeanor" Elliott

    Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott (born July 1, 1971) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and philanthropist. She embarked on her music career with all-female R&B group...  more
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    Marie Kondo

    Author, Organizing consultant
    (Kondō Marie, born 9 October 1984) is a Japanese organizing consultant and author. Kondo has written four books on organizing, which have collectively sold millions of copies and have been translated...  more
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    Karen Gillan

    Model, Actor

    Age32

    BirthplaceInverness, Scotland, UK

    GenderFemale

    Karen Sheila Gillan (born 28 November 1987) is a Scottish actress and filmmaker. She played Amy Pond, companion to the Eleventh Doctor, in the BBC One series Doctor Who (2010–2013). She received...  more
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    Christina Aguilera

    Record producer, Entrepreneur

    Age39

    BirthplaceStaten Island, New York, USA

    GenderFemale

    Christina María Aguilera (born December 18, 1980) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality. Her accolades include five Grammy Awards, one Latin Grammy Award, and a star...  more
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    Mindy Kaling

    Television director, Comedian

    Age41

    BirthplaceCambridge, Massachusetts, USA

    GenderFemale

    Vera Mindy Chokalingam (born June 24, 1979), known professionally as Mindy Kaling, is an American comedian, actress and writer. From 2005 to 2012, she played Kelly Kapoor in the NBC sitcom The...  more
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    Mandy Moore

    Fashion designer, Singer-songwriter

    Age36

    BirthplaceNashua, New Hampshire, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Alternative NameMandy Moore

    Amanda Leigh Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She signed with Epic Records in 1999 and came to fame with the release of her debut single "Candy", which peaked...  more
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    Mary J. Blige

    Record producer, Rapper

    Age49

    BirthplaceBronx, New York, USA

    GenderFemale

    Mary Jane Blige (; born January 11, 1971) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and philanthropist. Her career began in 1989 when she signed to Uptown Records, becoming the youngest and first...  more
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    Christine Blasey Ford

    Christine Margaret Blasey Ford (born November 1966) is an American professor of psychology at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She...  more
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    Brie Larson

    Poet, Musician

    Age30

    BirthplaceSacramento, California, USA

    GenderFemale

    Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers (born October 1, 1989), known professionally as Brie Larson, is an American actress and filmmaker. Noted for her supporting work in comedies when a teenager, she has since...  more
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    Gloria Steinem

    Magazine editor, Journalist

    Age86

    BirthplaceToledo, Ohio, USA

    GenderFemale

    Gloria Marie Steinem (; born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader and a spokeswoman for the American...  more
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    Christine Lagarde

    Politician, Lawyer

    Age64

    Birthplace9th arrondissement of Paris

    GenderFemale

    Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde (French: [kʁistin madlɛn ɔdɛt laɡaʁd]; née Lallouette, IPA: [laluɛt]; born 1 January 1956) is a French lawyer serving as Chairman of the International Monetary Fund...  more
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    Elena Kagan

    Professor, Law professor

    Age60

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Elena Kagan (; born April 28, 1960) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was nominated by President Barack Obama in May 2010, and confirmed by the Senate in August...  more
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    Hillary Clinton

    Spokesperson, Politician

    Age72

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    GenderFemale

    Alternative NameHillary Clinton

    Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born Hillary Diane Rodham, October 26, 1947) is an American politician, diplomat, lawyer, writer and public speaker. She was First Lady of the United States from 1993 to...  more