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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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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Jacinda Ardern is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
``@iTurnDownHead´´ added Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter
Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Staten Island, New York and raised in Rochester and Wexford, Pennsylvania, she appeared on the television ...more
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Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Traci Kochendorfer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
tonysolas99 added Fitness professional, Model, Actor
Traci Lynn Kochendorfer in Dayton, Ohio is an American fitness champion, singer, actress and author. She grew up as a child performer, first performing on stage at the age of two.
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Nancy Pelosi is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Natalie La Rose is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
``@iTurnDownHead´´ added
Natalie La Rose (born 11 July 1988) is a Dutch singer-songwriter and dancer from Amsterdam. In 2013, she signed a recording contract with American rapper Flo Rida's International Music Group ...more
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En Vogue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
``@iTurnDownHead´´ added
En Vogue is an American R&B girl group whose original line-up consisted of Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, Cindy Herron, and Maxine Jones. Formed in Oakland, California, En Vogue members began ...more
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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
``@iTurnDownHead´´ added Record producer, Songwriter, Musician
Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and occasional actress. She rose to prominence after releasing her self-titled debut studio album Mariah Carey in 1990; it went ...more
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Theresa May is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 21 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
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Adele is listed (or ranked) 22 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) 23 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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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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Emma González is listed (or ranked) 25 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