2019 The Most Influential Women of 2019  

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List Rules Vote up the women who had the biggest impact in 2019.

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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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Judge, Jurist, Lawyer
Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She ...more

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387 360
Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Writer, Lawyer
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is an American lawyer, university administrator, and writer who served as the First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th U.S. ...more

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296 273
Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Queen
Elizabeth II is the Queen of 16 of the 53 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations. She is Head of the Commonwealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Upon her accession on 6 ...more

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366 441
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Activist, Politician
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

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206 223
Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Politician, Physicist, Scientist
Angela Merkel is the current Chancellor of Germany and the head of the political party CDU in Germany. In addition to being the first female German Chanchellor, she is also considered by Forbes ...more

6
244 276
Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Model, Actor
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is an English actress, model, and activist. Watson rose to prominence as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, appearing in all eight Harry Potter films ...more

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265 309
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer
Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She was the star in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated talk ...more

8
237 297
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Amy Boal added Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson
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

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239 322
Nancy Pelosi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Politician
Nancy Patricia Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) is an American politician serving as speaker of the United States House of Representatives since January 2019. First elected to Congress in 1987, she ...more

10
173 221
Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Businessperson
Melinda French Gates, is an American businessperson and philanthropist. She is the wife of Bill Gates, and the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She worked at Microsoft, ...more

11
208 294
Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer
Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, ...more

12
156 223
Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Editor, Judge, Jurist
Sonia Maria Sotomayor is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving since August 2009. She is the 111th appointment to the Court, has the distinction of being its ...more

13
162 261
Kamala Harris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Politician, Lawyer
Kamala Devi Harris is an American attorney, politician and member of the Democratic Party who has been the 32nd and current Attorney General of California since 2011. Harris graduated from ...more

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112 178
Marie Kondo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
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 ...more

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239 420
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Businessperson, Fashion Model
Ivanka Marie Trump is an American businesswoman, writer, and former model. In her role as Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at The Trump Organization, Trump is involved ...more

16
111 201
Emma González is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
84 148
Elena Kagan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Professor, Law professor, Lawyer
Elena Kagan is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Kagan is the Court's 112th justice and fourth female justice. Kagan was born and raised in New York City. After ...more

18
62 110
Susan Wojcicki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Businessperson
Susan Diane Wojcicki is an American businesswoman and CEO of YouTube.

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115 221
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Fashion designer, Songwriter, Actor
Robyn Rihanna Fenty, known by her stage name Rihanna, is a Barbadian singer, actress, and fashion designer. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, her career began upon meeting record producer Evan ...more

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111 213
Adele is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, MBE is a British singer and songwriter. Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace in 2006. In 2007, she received ...more

21
61 112
Michelle Bachelet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Politician, Pediatrician, Physician
Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria is a Socialist Party politician and the President of Chile since 11 March 2014. She previously served as President from 2006–2010, becoming the first ...more

22
116 225
Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Politician
Theresa Mary May PC is a British Conservative politician, and the current UK Home Secretary. May was first elected to Parliament in 1997 as Member of Parliament for Maidenhead. She went on to be ...more

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64 120
Virginia M. Rometty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Businessperson
Ginni Rometty is the senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services, which encompasses IBMs consulting, systems integration and applications businesses.

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58 110
Jacinda Ardern is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Politician
Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern is a New Zealand politician and a member of the Labour Party's shadow cabinet. She was first elected to parliament as a list MP at the 2008 general election.

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97 192
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Comedian, Television producer, Musician
Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, the ...more