TOP 10: Most influential international women


March marks Women’s History Month. It’s incredibly difficult to compile a list of just 10 influential women, so I apologize in advance for leaving out many fantastic women.

     10. Ingrid Nilsen

Nilsen focuses her YouTube channel on beauty, fashion and DIY, but in 2015 she used her platform of more than three million subscribers to share her coming-out story. It has garnered more than 16 million views and gained attention from CNN, Time, People and Teen Vogue.

  1. Carli Lloyd  

The U.S national women’s soccer team star is most famous for her hat trick in the 2015 World Cup Final, where she led her team to victory after a 16-year drought. The role model openly shares stories of overcoming personal struggles with the game, and voices support for equal pay.

  1. Lady Gaga

The unique musician is known for over-the-top performances. When questioned about her spectacles, Gaga said she felt like a freak in high school. She therefore enjoys giving fans a view of the freak within her, so they have someone to connect with. Gaga has used her platform to raise awareness of military discrimination, LGBT rights and acceptance of others.

      7. Christiane Amanpour

The reporter for CNN and ABC news has covered international hotspots including Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda and the Balkans during her three-decade career. She was the only reporter to interview former Egyptian military and political leader Hosni Mubarak. Her honors include nine documentary Emmys and the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

      6. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The second female justice on the Supreme Court has been a courtroom advocate for fair treatment of women and has worked as a director for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Women’s Rights Project. At age 83, she maintains her position on the Supreme Court and will prove to be pivotal factor.

  1. Angela Ahrendts

Apple’s senior vice president of retail is an important force in the business and tech world. While serving as CEO of Burberry, she was credited with helping save the sinking fashion brand. Her success at Burberry prompted her recruitment to Apple, where she is the first woman to hold a spot on CEO Tim Cook’s executive team.

  1. Angelina Jolie

In 2001, while in Cambodia for the filming of “Tomb Raider,” the actress witnessed the suffering of citizens in the war-torn country. The eye-opening experience prompted her to contact the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Her humanitarian work has since taken her to more than 20 countries. In 2013, she became the youngest recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

  1. Ellen DeGeneres

DeGeneres met backlash when she came out as gay in 1997. Since 2003, she has used her talk show to promote acceptance. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2016. At the ceremony, President Obama praised DeGeneres’ courage to come out in a time that was much less accepting. “What an incredible burden that was to bear — to risk your career like that — people don’t do that very often. And then, to have the hopes of millions on your shoulders.”

2. Angela Merkel

Unsurprisingly, Merkel has placed No. 1 on Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list for 10 consecutive years. She spent the first 35 years of her life confined in Eastern Germany. In 2005, she became the first female German chancellor. During her time in office, she has garnered praise for helping to maintain a healthy economy and strong foreign policy.

  1. Malala Yousafzai

The Pakistani activist for female education survived an assassination attempt and became the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate at age 17. In 2009, under the name “Gul Makai,” she used a BBC blog to detail her life under Taliban rule and her desire to pursue an education. As her fame expanded, she used her platform to advocate the right to an education for all women.

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