Top Fifty Women Trailblazers Making History

Discover some of the most powerful and popular women from around the world who have shaped society as powerful speakers, athletes and business women.

  • Release Date: 01 March 2023
  • Update Date: 21 May 2024
  • Author: Speaker Agency
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Who are the 50 most popular women in the world today? There are a lot of famous women in the world. 

Some are incredible speakers who are booked for international conventions. Others are business leaders and humanitarians or have simply surpassed boundaries in the world of sports, politics, literature and humanities. 

Here is a list of the 50 most popular women in the world who have and continue to blaze a trail in a variety of ways and everywhere in the world. 

1-Alexandra Adams

The first deaf blind person studying to become a medical doctor, Alexandra Adams possesses a will and determination made out of diamond. She was part of the team GB’s swim squad before to overcome setbacks, personal health struggles as well as workplace discrimination to continue to fulfil  her dream of becoming a deaf blind medic. She has travelled solo through.

2-Angelina Jolie 

Tireless humanitarian,Oscar winning actor, activist and mom.

3-Lady Gaga

Grammy Award winning musician Lady Gaga is an outspoken LGBTQI+ rights activist philanthropist and performer.

4-Jill Scott 

Jill Scott MBE is a former professional footballer and has been described as one of England’s four outstanding players. 

5-Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain MBE is an ambassador for Starlight Children’s Foundation and is a WaterAid ambassador. Hussain is also a brand ambassador for Swarovski, focusing on female empowerment. 

6-Ella Podmore MBE

Young motivator, keynote speaker and inspiring tech leader Ella Podmore is the first female materials engineer at McLaren supercars group.

7-Greta Thunberg 

Greta Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize four consecutive times. She is involved in various forms of environmental activism. 

8-Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has been involved in American politics for several decades. She has a strong political stance on several issues including LGBT rights, immigration, and foreign policy. 

9-Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton is an English broadcaster and author. She is involved in numerous charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Red Nose Day, and Children in Need. 

10-Taylor Swift

A talented actress and multi-grammy winner Tayor swift is one of the most prolific, outspoken and conscientious artists of all time.

11-Arianna Huffington 

Original founder of The Huffington Post, she sold the company for $315 million. Her net worth is believed to be $50 million. 

12-Susan Wojcicki

Google was founded in Susan’s garage. She became the company’s first marketing manager and is now the CEO of YouTube. 

13-Sara Blakely 

Blakely is the founder of Spanx. The Multi-million dollar undergarment company has helped her achieve a net worth of $1 billion. 

14-Dr. Rola Hallam 

Award Winning Anaesthetist, humanitarian and first Syrian TED  fellow, Dr Rolla Hallam has fundraised and built Hope Children’s hospital in war torn Syria.

15-Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks was an American civil rights movement leader and a catalyst for the Montgomery bus boycotts that ultimately inspired legislation to cancel segregation on public transport.

16-Katy Perry

One of the best selling pop idols of all time, Katy Perry is a philanthropist and activist supporting a number of causes linked with Children's Welfare, LGBTQIa+, HIV et al.

17-Cher Wang 

Cher Wang is the co-founder for HTC. She is worth $1.6 billion. She has been featured in the billionaires list for Forbes across three consecutive years. 

18-Emmeline Pankhurst 

Emmeline Pankhurst was the leader of the Suffragette Movement in Edwardian England. Coming from a long line of Political activism, Emmeline Pankhurst led rallies to campaign for votes for women. 

19-Gina Rinehart 

Gina Rinehart is the richest person in Australia and currently the 6th richest woman in the world today. She has a personal fortune of $11.7 billion and is the chairman of Hancock Prospecting Group. The company produces 30 million tonnes of iron ore each year. 

20-Michelle Obama 

A former first lady of the United States, Obama’s memoir sold 11.5 million copies in one year. She has a popular podcast and is the executive producer as well as a presenter on a children’s cooking show on Netflix. 

21-Malala Yousafzai 

Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She campaigned for women’s rights and children’s rights to education in Taliban occupied Pakistan. 

22-Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe is a former captain of the American Women’s Football team. She rose to fame on and off the pitch with her activism and vocal support to many causes. In particular she was instrumental in leading a campaign for equal pay for the Women's team. 

23-Indra Nooyi 

Indra Nooyi is the Board Director of Amazon and a regular keynote speaker for World Economic Forums. She is a popular choice for international conventions. 

24-Emma Gonzalez

Gonzalez became a young advocate for gun control after her school was invaded, leading to the deaths of her friends. She gave a courageous speech and continues to fight for this issue. 

25-Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is one of the most widely read female novelists of all time.

26-Fiona Bruce 

Widely known as a popular UK presenter, she has also been involved in a variety of charities including Women’s Aid as well as NSPCC. The latter inducted her into their Hall of Fame due to her extensive work with the charity. 

27-Jane Goodall 

Jane Goodall is a chimpanzee expert and widely considered to be a British national treasure. She has won a variety of rewards including a UN Messenger in Peace as well as Benjamin Franklin Medal for Life Science. 

28-Bobbie Cheema-Grubb

Bobbie Cheema-Grubb was appointed as the first female Asian High Court Judge in 2015. She also acted as the prosecution against a retired Church of England bishop accused of sexual abuse. 

29-Felicity Aston MBE

Felicity Aston MBE is a Guinness record holder scientist and explorer. She is the first person to have skied across Antarctica alone.

30-Simone Biles

Simone Biles has one seven olympic medals as well as 25 World Championship medals. Due to this, she is widely considered to be the greatest gymnast ever to live. 

31-Lexis Serot 

Lexis Noel Serot is the Founder & CEO of LittleWins. She has worked extensively to achieve better levels of inclusion, awareness and accessibility for those impacted by disabilities. She is constantly working to improve lives. 

32-Serena Williams 

Serena Williams is often considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. She ranked No. 1 in singles for 319 weeks by the Women’s Tennis Association. She was the highest paid female athlete of all time. 

33-Kathrin Jansen 

Kathrin Jansen is the former head of Vaccine Research and Development for Pfizer. She worked to create a COVID-19 vaccine that has been improved for Emergency Use Authorization. 

34-Jacinda Ardern 

Jacinda Ardern is a politician in New Zealand and the youngest female Head of State to ever take office. She led New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

35-Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde is a lawyer and French politician who has been serving as President to the European Central Bank from 2019. She was the first woman to be a member of the executive committee and Chair at Baker & McKenzie law firm. 

36-Blair Imani 

Blair Imani is  Muslim African American LGBTQI+ advocate, educator and social media influencer.

37-Asma Nafees 

Asma Nafees is the Chief Analytics Officer at Arden & Gem CSFU. She is also the non-executive director of a charity focused on supporting individuals with disabilities and providing significant insights to government bodies. 

38-Mel Robbins 

Mel Robbins is one of the most booked female speakers globally. She helps women step into the roles of leaders as well as changemakers, ensuring that they can find their footing in the modern world. 

39-Perrine Farque 

Perrin Farque is notable for speaking on topics relating to inclusion. She is an award winning speaker and has been nominated as one of the Top 50 most Influential women in the UK by Computer Weekly. 

40-Amy Purdy 

Amy Purdy has spoken in front of millions of people. Her TEDx talk: “Living Beyond Limits” is commonly the number one recommended video for TEDx. Amy is well known for her positive outlook as well as her “never give up attitude.” 

41-Gabrielle Bernstein 

A New York Times number one best selling author, Bernstein has published eight top selling books. Her focus is on helping people understand how they can live in deep alignment with their true purpose to achieve their goals. 

42-Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw 

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is the founder of Biocon. The biopharma company is the largest biopharma firm in India in terms of revenue. The company went public in 2004 and is only the second company in India to reach $1 billion. 


Rihanna isn’t just a music sensation. She has made $1.7 billion with Fenty Beauty. She co-owns the cosmetics line and also owns Savage X Fenty. Like Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna is a philanthropist and activist, lending her vocal support to a number of social causes.

44-Janice Bryant Howroyd 

Janice Bryant Howroyd is the founder for ActOne Group. This is the first black-female led company to achieve more than $1 billion in revenue annually. 

45-Zhang Xin 

The cofounder for SOHO China, Xin is commonly referred to as “the woman who built Beijing.” She originally worked for Goldman Sachs before starting her own company. 

46-Alehsa Lehmann 

Alisha Lehman is a Super League Football player who has established herself on TikTok and Instagram. She has 11 million followers across her various social media channels. 

47-Naomi Osaka 

The tennis player has won four grand slams across her career and is considered to be one of the most marketable athletes globally. She has endorsement deals with Nika, Nissan and Louis Vuitton. 

48-Sania Mirza

Another tennis star, Mirza has won six grand slams and was named one of the “50 Heroes of Asia” by TIME Magazine. 

49-Alex Morgan 

The footballer is the most influential player in the USA. She has two World Cup titles as well as an Olympic gold medal. She has also been involved in various campaigns for equal pay. 

50-Amelia Earhart 

Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic solo.

The List will go on

While this list of the top fifty women in the world today is extensive, it only scratches the surface in terms of the countless female role models who have and continue to reshape society today and provide an inspiration for young girls and boys everywhere. 

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