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The Most Influential Women Of 2020

Updated January 19, 2021 5.5k votes 257 voters 2.2k views53 items

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

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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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    Michelle Obama

    1964-01-17

    BirthplaceChicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States

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    1934-04-03

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    1954-07-17

    BirthplaceHamburg, Germany

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    1954-06-25

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    Jacinda Ardern

    1980-07-26

    BirthplaceHamilton, New Zealand

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    Elizabeth II

    1926-04-21

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    1985-01-01
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    Ellen DeGeneres

    1958-01-26

    BirthplaceMetairie, Louisiana, USA

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    BirthplaceRoyal Berkshire Hospital, United Kingdom

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    Gloria Steinem

    1934-03-25

    BirthplaceToledo, Ohio, United States of America

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    Angelina Jolie

    1975-06-04

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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    1989-12-13

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    Oprah Winfrey

    1954-01-29

    BirthplaceKosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America

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    1940-03-26

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    1988-02-20

    BirthplaceSaint Michael Parish, Barbados

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    1969-08-28

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

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    1979-01-16

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