The Most Groundbreaking Women of 2018, Ranked

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If 2018 has shown is anything, it's that the future is woman. Some of the most [groundbreaking women]{https://women.com/angie/sorry-men-only-women-will-be-able-to-name-all-of-these-powerful-ladies) of 2018 remind us that although we still have work to do, we have accomplished so much. Some of the most influential figures in the country and even the world are women.

All women are awesome, but some have made special accomplishments that should definitely be recognized. These might be political milestones, or just professional successes. Either way, we are proud of our women!

We've put together a list of the most influential women of the year. Check out the ranking, you might be a little surprised! Don't forget to vote for your own personal favorites while you're at it.

Michelle Obama

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We knew Michelle was an intelligent and powerful woman on her own, but the release of her new book, "Becoming" really sealed the deal.

Sandra Bullock

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Bullock is a renowned American actress and film producer. She holds multiple film awards, on top of being one of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses.

Ellen DeGeneres

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Starring in her own insanely popular talk show, Ellen is one of the most powerful women in the media. Not to mention, with a sense of humor like that, no one would dare to challenge anything she says.

Oprah Winfrey

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At the rate she's been going, Oprah will never NOT make it on this list. The Oprah Winfrey Show is top tier, but it's only at the beginning of her list of accomplishments.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

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Meghan's transformation from an American-born woman to a member of the British royal family has been the talk of the year. However, she's proven to be much more than just a royal wife.

Ariana Grande

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This American singer and actress has shown herself to be completely resilient in 2018. Fans admire her for her talent and strength through even some of the most painful circumstances.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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As an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Ginsburg spent a considerable portion of her legal career as an advocate for the advancement of women's rights as a constitutional principle. Not many even come close to exercising the same amount of power as a Supreme Court justice.

Emma González

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González is an activist and a fiery advocate for gun control. She is a survivor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Since the incident in February of 2018, her face and voice have been plastered over media outlets everywhere.

Tarana Burke

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Burke is a civil rights activist who proudly founded the Me Too movement. She coined the phrase "Me Too" to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in our society. Her voice and the voices of the Me Too supporters have not gone unrecognized in 2018.

Kim Kardashian

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The one and only Kim Kardashian has been a highlighted figure in American culture for years now. Although many might not consider her work in 2018 "groundbreaking", it is remarkable how much time she spends in the spotlight.