UPDATED: Check out the most influential women of 2021!
In 2020, inspirational female leaders are found in every aspect of business, philanthropy, politics, and entertainment. Some of the most influential women have broken the glass ceiling in careers typically dominated by men, while other inspiring women have changed the game by starting their own companies.
Who are the most influential women today? Nancy Pelosi has to be near the top. As the Speaker of the House, Pelosi has a great deal of influence over which policies get pushed to a vote and when to check the balance of power between the other branches of government. Though she is no longer First Lady, Michelle Obama is still a very influential woman. Greta Thunberg, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Halsey are some of the most famous women in the world.
With her new partnership with Apple, Oprah Winfrey has once again returned to a TV platform, which has always been the way she connected with the largest audience. Meghan Markle, Jane Goodall, and Sheryl Sandberg are also world famous women with a great influence.
Who do you think are the most inspiring women of 2020? If we're missing any of the most inspirational women, feel free to add them below. Vote the most influential females up to the top of this list.
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USARuth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933-September 18, 2020) was an American lawyer and jurist who was an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and... more
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USAMichelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (née Robinson; born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer, university administrator and writer, who was the first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She... more
Birthplace: London, United KingdomDame Jane Morris Goodall (; born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall on 3 April 1934), formerly Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall, is an English primatologist and anthropologist. Considered to be the world's... more
Birthplace: Hamburg, GermanyAngela Dorothea Merkel (, German: [aŋˈɡeːla ˈmɛɐ̯kl̩]; née Kasner; born 17 July 1954) is a German politician serving as Chancellor of Germany since 2005. She served as the leader of the centre-right... more
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of AmericaBeyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé performed in various singing and dancing competitions... more
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of AmericaSonia Maria Sotomayor (Spanish: [ˈsonja sotomaˈʝoɾ]; born June 25, 1954) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, appointed by President Barack Obama in May 2009 and... more
Birthplace: Hamilton, New ZealandJacinda Kate Laurell Ardern (; born 26 July 1980) is a New Zealand politician serving since 26 October 2017 as the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand. She has also served as the Leader of the Labour... more
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of AmericaLaura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. The recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy Award, she... more
- 7750Melissa 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 hop... more
Issa RaeJo-Issa "Issa" Rae Diop (born January 12, 1985) is an American actress, writer, director, producer, and web series creator. She is best known as the creator, co-writer and star of the HBO series... more
Birthplace: Mayfair, London, London, EnglandElizabeth II (born 21 April 1926) is Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms.Elizabeth was born in London as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George... more
Phoebe Waller-Bridge1985-01-01Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge (born 14 July 1985) is an English actress, playwright, producer, and writer. She created, wrote, and starred in the Channel 4 sitcom Crashing (2016) and the BBC comedy-drama... more
Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana, USAEllen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has... more
Birthplace: Royal Berkshire Hospital, United KingdomCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton; 9 January 1982), is a member of the British royal family. Her husband, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is expected to become... more
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, USAGloria Marie Steinem (; born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader and a spokeswoman for the American... more
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Alternative Name: Angelina Jolie PittAngelina Jolie (; née Voight, formerly Jolie Pitt, born June 4, 1975) is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. The recipient of such accolades as an Academy Award and three Golden Globe... more
Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States of AmericaTaylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage. Born and raised... more
Greta ThunbergGreta Ernman Thunberg (Swedish pronunciation: [²ɡreːta ²tʉːnbærj]; born 3 January 2003) is a Swedish schoolgirl climate activist who has been described as a role model for worldwide student activism.... more
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA
Alternative Name: OprahOprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey, January 29, 1954) is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show... more
- 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 New... more
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of AmericaNancy Patricia Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) is an American politician and a member of the Democratic Party. She has served as speaker of the United States House of Representatives since January 2019,... more
Birthplace: Saint Michael Parish, BarbadosRobyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, record producer, businesswoman, fashion designer, actress and philanthropist. She is known for embracing various... more
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of AmericaSheryl Kara Sandberg (born August 28, 1969) is an American technology executive, author, and billionaire. She is the chief operating officer (COO) of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org. In June 2012,... more
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Alternative Name: Meghan Markle, Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Duchess of SussexMeghan, Duchess of Sussex (born Rachel Meghan Markle; August 4, 1981), is an American-born member of the British royal family and former actress. Markle was raised in Los Angeles, California and has... more
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of AmericaAaliyah Dana Haughton (; January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001) was an American singer, actress, and model. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan, she first gained recognition at... more