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!
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of AmericaMichelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (née Robinson; born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer,... more on Wikipedia
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.
Birthplace: Mayfair, London, London, EnglandElizabeth II (born 21 April 1926) is Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Caribou, MaineJessica Ulrika Meir is Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School,... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana, United States of AmericaEllen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, USAOprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey, January 29, 1954) is an American media... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: New York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United StatesRuth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933-September 18, 2020) was an American lawyer and jurist who... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Paris, FranceEmma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress, model and activist.... more on Wikipedia
Greta ThunbergEnvironmentalist, Activist
Birthplace: Hamburg, GermanyAngela Dorothea Merkel (, German: [aŋˈɡeːla ˈmɛɐ̯kl̩]; née Kasner; born 17 July 1954) is a... more on Wikipedia
- 11Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton; 9 January 1982), is a... more on Wikipedia
- 12Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (born October 13, 1989) is an American activist, community organizer,... more on Wikipedia1,0391,275
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of AmericaBeyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter and... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of AmericaStefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga,... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Saint Michael Parish, BarbadosRobyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, record... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Hamilton, New ZealandJacinda Kate Laurell Ardern (; born 26 July 1980) is a New Zealand politician serving since 26... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Dallas, TexasMelinda Ann Gates DBE (née French; August 15, 1964) is an American philanthropist and a former... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, CaliforniaMeghan, Duchess of Sussex (born Rachel Meghan Markle; August 4, 1981), is an American-born... more on Wikipedia
- 19Melissa Jefferson (born April 27, 1988), better known by her stage name Lizzo, is an American... more on Wikipedia174254
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of AmericaScarlett Ingrid Johansson (; born November 22, 1984) is an American actress and singer. She is... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of AmericaNancy Patricia Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) is an American politician and a member of the... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Tottenham, London, United KingdomAdele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988) is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating... more on Wikipedia
Sonia SotomayorEditor, Judge
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USASonia Maria Sotomayor (Spanish: [ˈsonja sotomaˈʝoɾ]; born June 25, 1954) is an Associate... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Boca Raton, Florida, United States of AmericaAriana Grande (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. A... more on Wikipedia
- 25Emma González is an American activist and advocate for gun control. As a high school senior... more on Wikipedia388642