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The Most Influential Women of 2019

Updated January 21, 2020 69.0k votes 4.7k voters 87.2k 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 Obama1
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    Michelle Obama

    Writer, Lawyer

    Age56

    BirthplaceChicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States

    Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (née Robinson; born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Christina Koch2
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    Christina Koch

    Astronaut

    Age40

    BirthplaceGrand 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.

  • Elizabeth II3
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    Age94

    BirthplaceMayfair, London, London, England

    Elizabeth II (born 21 April 1926) is Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth... more on Wikipedia
  • Jessica Meir4
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    Jessica Meir

    Researcher, Astronaut

    Age43

    BirthplaceCaribou, Maine

    Jessica Ulrika Meir is Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School,... more on Wikipedia
  • Ellen DeGeneres5
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    Ellen DeGeneres

    Television presenter, Comedian

    Age57

    BirthplaceMetairie, Louisiana, USA

    Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television... more on Wikipedia
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg6
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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Judge, Jurist

    Age87

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933-September 18, 2020) was an American lawyer and jurist who... more on Wikipedia
  • Oprah Winfrey7
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    Oprah Winfrey

    Businessperson, Journalist

    Age66

    BirthplaceKosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America

    Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey, January 29, 1954) is an American media... more on Wikipedia
  • Emma Watson8
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    Emma Watson

    Model, Actor

    Age30

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress, model and activist.... more on Wikipedia
  • Greta Thunberg9
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    Greta Thunberg

    Environmentalist, Activist

    Age16

    BirthplaceSweden

  • Angela Merkel10
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    Angela Merkel

    Politician, Physicist

    Age66

    BirthplaceHamburg, Germany

    Angela Dorothea Merkel (, German: [aŋˈɡeːla ˈmɛɐ̯kl̩]; née Kasner; born 17 July 1954) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge11
    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton; 9 January 1982), is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez12
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    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    Activist, Politician
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (born October 13, 1989) is an American activist, community organizer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Beyoncé Knowles13
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    Beyoncé Knowles

    Record producer, Businessperson

    Age39

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter and... more on Wikipedia
  • Lady Gaga14
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    Lady Gaga

    Fashion designer, Record producer

    Age34

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga,... more on Wikipedia
  • Rihanna15
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    Rihanna

    Fashion designer, Songwriter

    Age32

    BirthplaceSaint Michael Parish, Barbados

    Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, record... more on Wikipedia
  • Jacinda Ardern16
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    Jacinda Ardern

    Politician

    Age40

    BirthplaceHamilton, New Zealand

    Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern (; born 26 July 1980) is a New Zealand politician serving since 26... more on Wikipedia
  • Meghan, Duchess of Sussex17
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    Age39

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (born Rachel Meghan Markle; August 4, 1981), is an American-born... more on Wikipedia
  • Melinda Gates18
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    Melinda Gates

    Businessperson

    Age56

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Melinda Ann Gates DBE (née French; August 15, 1964) is an American philanthropist and a former... more on Wikipedia
  • Lizzo19
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    Melissa Jefferson (born April 27, 1988), better known by her stage name Lizzo, is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Scarlett Johansson20
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    Scarlett Johansson

    Model, Actor

    Age35

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Scarlett Ingrid Johansson (; born November 22, 1984) is an American actress and singer. She is... more on Wikipedia
  • Adele21
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    Adele

    Arranger, Musician

    Age32

    BirthplaceLondon, England

    Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988) is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating... more on Wikipedia
  • Nancy Pelosi22
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    Nancy Pelosi

    Politician

    Age80

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, USA

    Nancy Patricia Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) is an American politician and a member of the... more on Wikipedia
  • Sonia Sotomayor23
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    Sonia Sotomayor

    Editor, Judge

    Age66

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Sonia Maria Sotomayor (Spanish: [ˈsonja sotomaˈʝoɾ]; born June 25, 1954) is an Associate... more on Wikipedia
  • Ariana Grande24
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    Ariana Grande

    Songwriter, Actor

    Age27

    BirthplaceBoca Raton, Florida, United States of America

    Ariana Grande (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. A... more on Wikipedia
  • Emma González25
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    Emma González is an American activist and advocate for gun control. As a high school senior... more on Wikipedia