Top 10: Most Remarkable Women of the 21st Century


Women of the 21st century are more empowered than in past centuries and have surpassed the “cleaning and cooking” stigmas that they used to be labeled with. Many women are doing more than most thought possible prior to the 21st century; they are even becoming some of the most respected people in the world.

The month of March is dedicated to the history of women and how they have climbed to where they are today. Here are ten of the women in the world that are considered remarkable:

10. Doris Burke

In 1991 Doris Burke made history by being the first woman ever to commentate a Knicks game on

Doris Burke

television and radio. Before Doris, only men had commentated New York Knicks games; she is a true example of how women today can do anything as well as—if not better than—a man, tweeting: “I’m getting to places as a sideline reporter that the analysts and play-by-play guys can’t get to.”

Burke was always involved with the game of basketball before becoming a commentator for the Knicks; she was an analyst of WNBA games on MSG and played college basketball herself for Providence College in Rhode Island. She continues to call basketball games for the Knicks and to be an incredible example for young women everywhere.

9. Emma Watson

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Emma Watson

Emma Watson is a British-American actress known mostly for her role as Hermione Granger in The Harry Potter Series and her role as Belle in the live action version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Emma Watson has always been a an activist for women’s rights, and takes pride in being a feminist. Emma is a prime example of a 21st century woman. She even tweeted,

“The human race is like a bird and it needs both its wings to be able to fly. And, at the moment, one of its wings is clipped and we’re never going to be able to fly as high…unless we [women and men] are both in support of each other.”

 8. Greta Thunburg

Greta Thunberg is a teenage environmental activist from Sweden. She is forming an international movement in order to fight climate change. Greta has had to deal with Asperger’s syndrome, which a development disorder, but it has never held her back; she claims it as a gift and says being different is a “superpower.”

Greta Thunberg

This movement started in 2018, when Greta was only 15 years old. Greta won a climate change essay competition in a local newspaper, which made her realize how great of an issue climate change really is. Three months after winning the competition she began protesting in front of the Swedish parliament building; this was only the beginning of  her life as an activist. Soon she began going on school strikes, refusing to go to lessons on Fridays, encouraging the rest of the world to join her until the government would listen to what she had to say. In September 2019 Greta traveled to New York by yacht to address a UN climate conference. Greta is an great example of how young girls have to the power to change the world if they put their minds to it.

“We showed that we are united and that we, young people are unstoppable.”

7. Hillary Clinton

Speaking of politics, Hillary Clinton in another example of just how prominent women are becoming in the the federal government of the United States.

Hilary Clinton

She herself has made a huge imprint on the federal government. She served as the First Lady to her husband Bill when he was in office from 1993-2001. She then served as a senator for the state of New York, as well as, the Secretary of State under the Obama Administration. She was the first woman to win the Democratic nomination for president and the first women to ever win the popular vote of the United States, but not win the presidency.

Hillary Clinton showed people everywhere that women are capable of so many things, including running for president.

“People can judge me for what I’ve done. And I think when somebody’s out in the public eye, that’s what they do. So I’m fully comfortable with who I am, what I stand for, and what I’ve always stood for.”- PBS News Hour 2014. 

6. Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen is an incredible woman of the 21st century who was always far beyond her time. She is best known for her beginning career as a comedian and her talk show Ellen.

Ellen DeGeneres

Life for Ellen was not always easy. She was a great comedian but the world was finding her hard to accept when it became public knowledge that she was a lesbian. She never let this stop her.   Ellen is thriving in every possible way. She is now giving back and donating to several causes—  St. Judes Children’s Hospital and the Humane Society. She is a passionate woman who never quits. She proves that no one can hold back a woman.

“I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.”


5. Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Serena is known best for her incredible tennis skills. She has won the most single titles in tennis for both men and women.

Serena is an inspiration to not only young women everywhere, but all young athletes. She has worked so hard to achieve her goals and has done nothing but succeed; being a prime example of how women of the 21st century are capable of anything.  She makes it clear that no matter who doubts you, you can always achieve your dreams; just like she did with dedication and practice.

“I’ve grown most not from victories, but setbacks. If winning is God’s reward, then losing is how he teaches us.”

4. Simone Biles

Simone is an American gymnast and the most decorated gymnast in the United States with 30 Olympic gold medals. She is the 3rd most decorated gymnast in the world.

Simone Biles

Recently Biles has been an inspiration for young athletes around the world. At only the age of 23 she has accomplished so much in her Olympic career; showing nothing but humility and dedication along the way. Simone Biles is a true role model for young women/ athletes everywhere.

“A successful competition for me is going out there and putting 100 percent into whatever I’m doing.”

3. Beyonce

Beyonce has been inspiring young women since her early career as a music artist. She is best known for her music and her time in the band Destiny’s Child.


Beyonce choses to inspire young women everyday with her music. Several of her women-empowering songs include: Who Run the World (Girls), Independent Woman, and *** Flawless.  She has always been such an amazing role model for young women around the world. Beyonce chooses to give power to young women making her clearly remarkable.

“The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence.”

2. Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

Every feminist has heard the story of Malala. She is a young woman who was shot by the Taliban because of her love of learning. She was shot because she wanted to go to school and was not quiet about it.

Malala is now an amazing public speaker and activist. She now talks about her experience and is helping young women get the education they have the right to. She is a true inspiration to young woman.

“I don’t want to be remembered as the girl who was shot. I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up.”

1. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

A list of remarkable women would not be complete without Oprah Winfrey. She is the most inspirational woman of the 21st century. She has been a true inspiration to women of every age for the last 2 decades.

Oprah is the first ever African-American to be a media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer, and philanthropist. She has a net worth of over 2.6 million dollars as of this year, making her the richest African-American woman in the United States. She is proof that women can accomplish anything as long as they put their minds to it. Oprah is the epitome of the 21st century woman.

“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire.”

These woman, along with many others, have have proven that women are not the inferior gender and have just as much as anyone else  to offer to the world. As the world evolves, there is no doubt that the changes will be in the favor of women— they have been so far.