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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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Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 3 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
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Greta Thunberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
MoonshadowRachel added Greta Thunberg Environmentalist, Activist
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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 5 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
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Jessica Meir is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Jessica Meir Researcher, Astronaut
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
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
MoonshadowRachel added
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is the wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Following his father Charles, Prince of Wales, William is second in line to succeed his grandmother, Queen ...more
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Christina Koch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
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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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Lizzo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
erebecek96 added
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
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Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 12 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
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, and ...more
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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
MoonshadowRachel added Model, Actor
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (born Rachel Meghan Markle; August 4, 1981), is an American-born member of the British royal family, and a former film and television actress. Markle was born and ...more
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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Jacinda Ardern is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 19 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
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Nancy Pelosi is listed (or ranked) 20 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
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Adele is listed (or ranked) 21 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
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Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
blurrybaby21 added Model, Actor, Voice acting
Scarlett Johansson is an American actress, model, and singer. She made her film debut in North. In 1996, she was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her ...more
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Emma González is listed (or ranked) 23 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
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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Songwriter, Actor, Singer
Ariana Grande (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. As one of the world's leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for her wide vocal range. Grande has ...more
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Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 25 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