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The Most Influential Women Of 2020

Updated February 3, 2020 4.2k votes 209 voters 1.5k views53 items

List RulesVote up the women who are having the biggest impact in 2020.

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. 

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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933-September 18, 2020) was an American lawyer and jurist who... more on Wikipedia
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    Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (née Robinson; born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer,... more on Wikipedia
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    Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    BirthplaceMayfair, London, London, England

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    Jane Goodall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    BirthplaceLondon, England

    Dame Jane Morris Goodall (; born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall on 3 April 1934), formerly... more on Wikipedia

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    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020

    BirthplaceRoyal Berkshire Hospital, United Kingdom

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton; 9 January 1982), is a... more on Wikipedia
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    Nancy Pelosi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, United States of America

    Nancy Patricia Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) is an American politician and a member of the... more on Wikipedia

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    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (born October 13, 1989) is an American activist, community organizer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    BirthplaceKosciusko, Mississippi, USA

    Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey, January 29, 1954) is an American media... more on Wikipedia

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    Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    Sonia Sotomayor

    Age: 66

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Sonia Maria Sotomayor (Spanish: [ˈsonja sotomaˈʝoɾ]; born June 25, 1954) is an Associate... more on Wikipedia

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    Greta Thunberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    Greta Thunberg

    Age: age 17

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    Greta Ernman Thunberg (Swedish pronunciation: [²ɡreːta ²tʉːnbærj]; born 3 January 2003) is a... more on Wikipedia
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    Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter and... more on Wikipedia

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    Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an American actress, producer, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Issa Rae is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    Issa Rae

    Jo-Issa "Issa" Rae Diop (born January 12, 1985) is an American actress, writer, director,... more on Wikipedia

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    Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    BirthplaceHamburg, Germany

    Angela Dorothea Merkel (, German: [aŋˈɡeːla ˈmɛɐ̯kl̩]; née Kasner; born 17 July 1954) is a... more on Wikipedia
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    Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Angelina Jolie (; née Voight, formerly Jolie Pitt, born June 4, 1975) is an American actress,... more on Wikipedia

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    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California

    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (born Rachel Meghan Markle; August 4, 1981), is an American-born... more on Wikipedia

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    Lizzo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    Melissa Jefferson (born April 27, 1988), better known by her stage name Lizzo, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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    Jacinda Ardern is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    BirthplaceHamilton, New Zealand

    Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern (; born 26 July 1980) is a New Zealand politician serving since 26... more on Wikipedia
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    Phoebe Waller-Bridge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    Phoebe Waller-Bridge

    Age: 35
    Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge (born 14 July 1985) is an English actress, playwright, producer, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born Hillary Diane Rodham, October 26, 1947) is an American... more on Wikipedia
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    Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    BirthplaceReading, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known... more on Wikipedia

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    Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    BirthplaceMetairie, Louisiana, United States of America

    Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television... more on Wikipedia

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    Gloria Steinem is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    BirthplaceToledo, Ohio, United States of America

    Gloria Marie Steinem (; born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social... more on Wikipedia

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    Kamala Harris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    Kamala Harris

    Age: 55

    BirthplaceCalifornia, Contiguous United States, Oakland, United States of America, United States

    Kamala Devi Harris (born October 20, 1964) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the... more on Wikipedia
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    Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Women Of 2020
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    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Melinda Ann Gates DBE (née French; August 15, 1964) is an American philanthropist and a former... more on Wikipedia
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