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The Most Influential Women of 2019

Updated January 21, 2020 63.7k votes 4.8k voters 89.1k 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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    Michelle Obama

    Writer, Lawyer
    Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (née Robinson; born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer,...  more
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    Christina Koch

    Astronaut

    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.

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    859
    Elizabeth II (born 21 April 1926) is Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth...  more
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    113

    Jessica Meir

    Researcher, Astronaut
    Jessica Ulrika Meir is Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School,...  more
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    995

    Ellen DeGeneres

    Television presenter, Comedian
    Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television...  more
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    883

    Oprah Winfrey

    Businessperson, Journalist
    Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey, January 29, 1954) is an American media...  more
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    861

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Judge, Jurist
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933-September 18, 2020) was an American lawyer and jurist who...  more
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    958

    Emma Watson

    Model, Actor
    Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress, model and activist....  more
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    436

    Greta Thunberg

    Environmentalist, Activist
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    731

    Angela Merkel

    Politician, Physicist
    Angela Dorothea Merkel (, German: [aŋˈɡeːla ˈmɛɐ̯kl̩]; née Kasner; born 17 July 1954) is a...  more
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    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton; 9 January 1982), is a...  more
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    1,145

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    Activist, Politician
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (born October 13, 1989) is an American activist, community organizer,...  more
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    821

    Beyoncé Knowles

    Record producer, Businessperson
    Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter and...  more
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    336

    Michelle Bachelet

    Politician, Pediatrician
    Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria (Spanish: [beˈɾonika miˈtʃel βatʃeˈle ˈxeɾja]; born 29...  more
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    936

    Lady Gaga

    Fashion designer, Record producer
    Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga,...  more
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    764

    Rihanna

    Fashion designer, Songwriter
    Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, record...  more
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    362
    477

    Jacinda Ardern

    Politician
    Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern (; born 26 July 1980) is a New Zealand politician serving since 26...  more
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    255
    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (born Rachel Meghan Markle; August 4, 1981), is an American-born...  more
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    634

    Melinda Gates

    Businessperson
    Melinda Ann Gates DBE (née French; August 15, 1964) is an American philanthropist and a former...  more
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    Melissa Jefferson (born April 27, 1988), better known by her stage name Lizzo, is an American...  more
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    426

    Scarlett Johansson

    Model, Actor
    Scarlett Ingrid Johansson (; born November 22, 1984) is an American actress and singer. She is...  more
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    Adele

    Arranger, Musician
    Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988) is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating...  more
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    855

    Ariana Grande

    Songwriter, Actor
    Ariana Grande (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. A...  more
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    Emma González is an American activist and advocate for gun control. As a high school senior...  more
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    592

    Sonia Sotomayor

    Editor, Judge
    Sonia Maria Sotomayor (Spanish: [ˈsonja sotomaˈʝoɾ]; born June 25, 1954) is an Associate...  more