Special Report

The Most Influential Women of the 21st Century

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Christiane Amanpour
> Area of influence: Journalism
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 1,333,220

Journalist Christiane Amanpour first gained notoriety for her reports for CNN on Iran in 1985. She received international recognition for her dispatches as a war correspondent during the Bosnian crisis in the 1990s. Amanpour has also reported from the world’s hot spots such as Haiti, Rwanda, Somalia, and Afghanistan.

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Tegla Loroupe
> Area of influence: Sports/activism
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 21,530

Kenya’s Tegla Loroupe was propelled into the world’s spotlight in 1994, when she became the first African woman to win the New York City Marathon. Other running successes followed and Loroupe became one of the world’s elite female marathoners. She has used her fame to found the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation to help bring peace to communities in Kenya, Uganda, and Sudan.

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Kathryn Bigelow
> Area of influence: Entertainment
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 1,403,495

Kathryn Bigelow made history when she became the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director for the 2008 film “The Hurt Locker.” Bigelow’s other notable films include “Near Dark,” “Point Break,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” and “Detroit.”

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Janelle Monáe
> Area of influence: Entertainment
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 4,123,476

If Janelle Monáe is on a mission to avoid being defined, she’s succeeding. Monáe is a gay, African American singer, the daughter of working-class parents, who identifies Prince and the character Dorothy Gale from “The Wizard of Oz” among her influences. Among her works are the futuristic albums “The ArchAndroid” — inspired by the Fritz Lang film “Metropolis” — and “The Electric Lady.”

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Cardi B.
> Area of influence: Entertainment
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 25,643,937

Cardi B used her social media savvy and candidness about her life as a stripper to boost her career as rapper that has led to seven Grammy Award nominations. Her debut single “Bodak Yellow” went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2017.