The list features powerhouses like Michelle Obama, Jacinda Ardern, Sandra Oh, Chrissy Teigen, Lady Gaga, Emilia Clarke, Jane Goodall, and other inspirational women from all walks of life.
Like every year, the Time's 100 most influential people list in 2019 has just been revealed and there are more women on it than ever before - 48. Last year, 45 women were part of the list. This year, some of the biggest entertainers are part of the list as icons and these women deserve to be cherished for their contribution to the world with their actions.
"We have 48 women on the list this year, up from 45 last year," Time editor-in-chief and chief executive Edward Felsenthal told US program CBS This Morning.
"When we first started doing this in 2004 … there were 24," he said. "Obviously still ways to go in our society but amazing year for the women on the list."
The list also includes Taylor Swift, whose biography was penned by singer Shawn Mendes for the magazine. "She’s the master of putting the perfect amount of thought into not overthinking, and that’s why her music connects so well," he said.
Well this is AWESOME. Thank you @TIME 💗 Thank you Pari Dukovic and thank you for your unbelievably kind words @ShawnMendes (I had no idea you were writing this and just found out when I saw this!!) pic.twitter.com/4MIBw20FxQ— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) April 17, 2019
Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke was also on the list, whose section was written by actress Emma Thompson. "She has the courage of a small lion, the stamina of a Welsh pit pony and the soul of a clown. A powerhouse to watch and an ally to die for," wrote the Oscar-winning actor and writer.
Actress Priyanka Chopra, who wrote about Meghan Markle last year, heaped appreciation on the two female Indian advocates Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju who were instrumental behind legalizing same-sex relationships in India.
Among world leaders, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister, who was praised across the world for the way she handled the recent massacre in a mosque in Christchurch, is also on the list. According to ABC Australia, London's Mayor Sadiq Khan wrote, "Jacinda Ardern’s leadership since the attack has been an inspiration to us all. Not only is she delivering such swift action on gun control, she has sent a powerful message around the world about our shared values—that those who seek to divide us will never succeed, and that New Zealand will always protect and celebrate the diversity and openness that make our countries so great."
Singer and actress Lady Gaga, whose film A Star is Born received multiple award nominations and awards, has also become an influential icon for the world. The story had touched the hearts of millions across the world and her music has been swaying everyone for years.
"What makes her even more special, and such a powerful influence on society, is that she empowers her fans to adopt the very same values in their lives—to stand up for what they believe in, despite what others might think," said Celine Dion about Lady Gaga.
Other notable women who have been featured on the list include Grey's Anatomy actress Sandra Oh, chef Samin Nosrat, venture capitalist Aileen Lee, painter Luchita Hurtado, primatologist Jane Goodall, world and Olympic track-and-field champion Caster Semenya, Michelle Obama, to name a few.
Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen, who is married to singer and composer John Legend, was criticized by Fox News' Laura Ingraham for being part of the list, according to Huffington Post. Ingraham mocked Teigen for her “take on female empowerment” during an event for House Democrats last week when the model said that women shouldn’t be afraid to say “f**k you” more frequently. Ingraham also said that the list was not a reflection of the American society, which seems obvious since the list considers globally influential people and not just Americans.
The top story on Fox's 10 o'clock hour is Laura Ingraham raging about @chrissyteigen being named to Times top 100 most influential list. Laura is mad that Mrs. Tiegen said a naughty word pic.twitter.com/BHItYHCoqH— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) April 18, 2019
Teigen retorted back to the criticism calling Ingraham a white supremacist.
“There were 1 million other ways to try and take me down and this is what you choose?” she wrote. “Fuck you.” "When time comes out with their 100 most influential white supremacists list, I promise I won’t question your worthiness," she added.
Corny monster. There were 1 million other ways to try and take me down and this is what you choose? Fuck you. 😁 https://t.co/wETBvafAzo— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) April 18, 2019
Women can do anything and it is high time that there was enough representation for them in media and industries. It is unfortunate that ample representation is something we still have to fight for.