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The Most Influential Women of 2019 

Jules Burke
Updated January 21, 2020 51.2k votes 4.5k voters 83k views 94 items

List Rules Vote 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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Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Writer, Lawyer

Age: 55

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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
2
Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Queen

Age: 92

Birthplace: London, England

Elizabeth II (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 and Duchess of York, later King ...more
3
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer

Age: 61

Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana, United States of America

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
4
Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer

Age: 65

Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America

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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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Judge, Jurist, Lawyer

Age: 85

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

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
6
Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Model, Actor

Age: 28

Birthplace: Paris, France

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
7
Christina Koch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Christina Koch Astronaut

Age: 40

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Christina Hammock Koch (born January 29, 1979) is an American engineer and NASA astronaut of the class of 2013. She received Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. She also did advanced study while working for the Goddard Space Flight Center. Just before becoming an astronaut, she served with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as Station Chief for American Samoa. On March 14, 2019, she launched to the International Space Station as a Flight Engineer on Expedition 59, 60 and 61. On October 18, 2019, Koch and Jessica Meir were the first women to participate in an all-female spacewalk.

8
Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Politician, Physicist, Scientist

Age: 64

Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

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
9
Greta Thunberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
MoonshadowRachel added Greta Thunberg Environmentalist, Activist

Age: 16

Birthplace: Sweden

10
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Activist, Politician

Birthplace: The Bronx, New York

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
11
Jessica Meir is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Researcher, Astronaut

Age: 41

Birthplace: Caribou, Maine

Jessica Ulrika Meir is Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, following postdoctoral research in comparative physiology at the ...more
12
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Amy Boal added Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson

Age: 32

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is known for her unconventionality, provocative ...more
13
Beyoncé Knowles ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter

Age: 37

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé performed in various singing and ...more
14
Catherine, Duchess of Ca... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
MoonshadowRachel added

Age: 37

Birthplace: Royal Berkshire Hospital, United Kingdom

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton; 9 January 1982), is a member of the British royal family. Her husband, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is expected to ...more
15
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Fashion designer, Songwriter, Actor

Age: 31

Birthplace: Saint Michael Parish, Barbados

Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, record producer, businesswoman, fashion designer, actress and philanthropist. She is known for embracing various ...more
16
Jacinda Ardern is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Politician

Age: 38

Birthplace: Hamilton, New Zealand

Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern (; born 26 July 1980) is a New Zealand politician serving since 26 October 2017 as the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand. She has also served as the Leader of the ...more
17
Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Businessperson

Age: 54

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Melinda Ann Gates DBE (née French; August 15, 1964) is an American philanthropist and a former general manager at Microsoft. In 2000, she co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates ...more
18
Meghan, Duchess of Susse... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
MoonshadowRachel added Model, Actor

Age: 37

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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
19
Lizzo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
erebecek96 added

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Melissa Jefferson (born April 27, 1988), better known by her stage name Lizzo, is an American alternative hip hop artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a founding member of indie hip ...more
20
Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
blurrybaby21 added Model, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 34

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Scarlett Ingrid Johansson (; born November 22, 1984) is an American actress and singer. She is the world's highest-paid actress, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has made multiple ...more
21
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter

Age: 38

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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, ...more
22
Nancy Pelosi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Politician

Age: 78

Birthplace: Area code 443, Baltimore, Area code 667, United States of America, United States, + more

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
23
Adele is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Age: 30

Birthplace: Tottenham, London, United Kingdom

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988) is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a recording contract with XL Recordings. In 2007, she ...more
24
Emma González is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Activist
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
25
Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Sonia Sotomayor Editor, Judge, Jurist

Age: 64

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Sonia Maria Sotomayor (Spanish: [ˈsonja sotomaˈʝoɾ]; born June 25, 1954) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, appointed by President Barack Obama in May 2009 and ...more