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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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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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Songwriter, Actor, Singer Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She began her career in the Broadway musical 13, before landing the role of Cat Valentine on the ...more

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Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 4 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) 5 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Politician Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi is the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives and served as the 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 2007 to ...more

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 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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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Amy Boal added Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer and songwriter. She initially performed in theater, appearing in high school plays, and ...more

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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 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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Kamala Harris is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Mindy Kaling is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Television director, Comedian, Television producer Mindy Kaling is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer.

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed ...more

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Kirsten Gillibrand is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Politician, Attorney at law, Lawyer Kirsten Elizabeth Rutnik Gillibrand is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from New York, in office since 2009. Previously, she served in the United States House of ...more

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Jameela Jamil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Presenter Jameela Jamil is a British television presenter, radio presenter and model. She has appeared on various Channel 4 programmes and has been a presenter of T4 from 2009 until 2012 when T4 ended. ...more

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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Rapper, Singer Belcalis Almanzar (born October 11, 1992), known professionally as Cardi B, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and media personality. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, she first ...more

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Sandra Oh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Actor, Voice acting Sandra Miju Oh is a Canadian actress known for her role as Dr. Cristina Yang on ABC's medical drama Grey's Anatomy, a role that earned her Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards, as well as ...more

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Jessica Chastain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Actor Jessica Michelle Chastain is an American actress. Chastain began her Hollywood career in guest-roles on several television shows, before making her feature film debut in Jolene. In 2011, she ...more

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Regina Hall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Women of 2019
Actor Regina Hall is an American film and television actress known for her lead role of Brenda Meeks in four of the five Scary Movie films, Candace in Think Like a Man and its sequel Think Like a Man ...more