We've finally made it to 2021, and it's shaping up to be a year full of women of impact. Influential women can be found leading us this year in politics, business, sports, entertainment, philanthropy, science, environmental conservation and even in space!
Which women are taking over in 2021? For starters, the year has kicked off with new inspiring women leaders in the White House, including First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, who has made history as the first female Vice President in the U.S. and first woman of color to hold the position. Astronaut Kayla Barron is another woman of impact set to make history, chosen by NASA to become the first woman to walk on the moon in just a few years.
Dominating in sports is tennis player Serena Williams who could potentially beat the record for most Grand Slam titles this year, and Naomi Osaka who is currently the reigning US Open champion winning her second US Open title in 2020. Greta Thunberg is amongst the most famous women in the world as she continues to bring attention to the world's environmental issues. The entertainment realm is packed full of women with influence such as Oprah, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Angelina Jolie, Billie Eilish, and Ariana Grande, that last of whom is currently the most followed woman on Instagram.
Who is the most impactful woman of 2021? Here is the list of the most influential women today who have made their mark in a positive way. Vote for the most inspirational women of 2021 and feel free to add female role models to the list who have had a positive impact in the world!
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: 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
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of AmericaSerena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player and former world No. 1. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight... 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: Osaka, Japan
Naomi Osaka (born October 16, 1997) is a Japanese professional tennis player. Osaka has been ranked No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), and is the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles.
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: Oakland, California, United States of AmericaKamala Devi Harris (born October 20, 1964) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the 49th vice president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, Harris is the second African... more
Birthplace: Sevierville, Tennessee, United States of America
Alternative Name: D. Parton, DollyDolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her work... 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: Oak Park, Illinois, United States of AmericaBetty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress and comedian, with the longest television career of any entertainer, spanning 80 years. Regarded as a pioneer of television,... 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: Detroit, MichiganMelissa 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
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CABillie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell (born December 18, 2001), known professionally as Billie Eilish, is an American singer and songwriter signed to Interscope Records. Her first experience with... more
Birthplace: Madison, WisconsinStacey Y. Abrams is the House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District. She is a member of the Democratic Party.... more
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USATyra Lynne Banks (born December 4, 1973), also known as BanX, is an American television personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, author, model, and occasional singer. Born in Inglewood,... 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: Pocatello, ID
Kayla Jane Barron (born September 19, 1987) is an American submarine warfare officer and NASA astronaut.
Birthplace: Hesston, KansasKatie Sowers (born August 7, 1986) is an American football assistant coach. She has been an offensive assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers since 2017. Sowers began her American football... more
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of AmericaRegina Rene King (born January 15, 1971) is an American actress and director. She is the recipient of several awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and four acting Primetime Emmy... more
Birthplace: Boca Raton, Florida, USAAriana Grande (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. A multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist, she is known for her wide vocal range, which critics have... more
Birthplace: Bexar County, TXMegan Jovon Ruth Pete (born February 15, 1995), known professionally as Megan Thee Stallion (pronounced "Megan the Stallion"), is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Originally from Houston,... more
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of AmericaAshley Graham (born October 30, 1987) is an American plus-size model and television presenter.... more
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Alternative Name: Jada Pinkett Smith, Jada Pinkett-SmithJada Pinkett Smith (born September 18, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and businesswoman. She began her acting career in 1990, with a guest appearance on the... more
Birthplace: Chennai, IndiaIndra Nooyi (née Krishnamurthy; born 28 October 1955) is an Indian American business executive, serving on the board of directors of Amazon, the largest eCommerce business in the world by net... more
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia
Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (born October 4, 1982) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district since 2019. She is a member of the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party.