What are the best women in the world?

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    #1Ellen DeGeneres

    Ellen DeGeneres

    Ellen DeGeneres is an American comedian, actress and talk show host. She starred in the sitcom Ellen, has her own talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and has been in movies like Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, The Love Letter, and more. She has been recognized for her work and charitable efforts with numerous awards like the Presidential Medal of Freedom, People's Choice Awards, and Emmy Awards.


    Carl Ramos
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "I learned so much about Ellen while reading this book. I thought I knew her before but now I really think I do."
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    #2Malala Yousafzai

    Malala Yousafzai

    Malala Yousafzai became worlwide known in 2012 when she was shot in the head by the Taliban on her way to school. Since then this young activist has campaigned around the world for the educational rights of girls and has been nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

    Shreyas Nair
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "good solution to the topic"
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    #3Meryl Streep

    Meryl Streep

    Meryl Streep (1949, New Jersey, USA) is an American actress whose talent has been recognized with 3 Oscars and 8 Golden Globes, among other prizes. Well known for her versatility, she has played in movies like 'Sophie's choice', 'Kramer Vs. Kramer', 'Out of Africa' or 'The bridges of Madison County'.

    Howard Palmer
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "Streep is real. The hype is real. She was in Manhattan. I watched it the other day. She's good at acting. One of my favorite movies is called Adaptation. She's very good in that as well. Good for her. She seems like a nice lady. "
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    #4Yayoi Kusama

    Yayoi Kusama

    Yayoi Kusama is as Japanese contemporary artist who became part of the 1960s' New York art scene. She's worldwide known for her walk-in installations and polka dot style. In 2017 the Yayoi Kusama Museum was inaugurated in Tokyo.

    Billy Phillips
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "I just love the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. It's so fresh and out of the box compared to other Asian art that I've seen. Her polka dot themed items are so fun and kitschy, I just adore them so much."
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    #5Serena Williams

    Serena Williams

    Serena Williams (1981, Michigan, USA) is an American tennis player, considered the best tennis player of all time. She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles and 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, all with her sister Venus. She has 39 Grand Slam titles, putting her third on the all-time list and second in the Open Era.

    Janice Gutierrez
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "Serena Williams is my hero. She's accomplished so much, done so much. I believe that she is one of the absolute best women in the world, especially at tennis. "
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    #6Arundhati Roy

    Arundhati Roy

    Arundhati Roy (1961, Meghalaya, India) is an Indian writer, actress and political activist. Her debut novel, 'The God of small things' won the Booker Prize in 1997. She is also known for writing and costarring the film 'Annie gives it to those ones'. She is involved in several environmental and human rights causes.

    Susan Freeman
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "Arundhati Roy is one of the unsung female heroes of history. With many accomplishments and accolades, she is worth of mention in any list of the greatest women in the world."
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    #7Margaret Atwood

    Margaret Atwood

    Margaret Atwood (1949, Ontario, Canada) is a novelist, poet, essayist and inventor, as well as environmental activist. In 2000 she won the Man Booker Prize for 'The blind assassin'. She has published 16 novels and 17 poetry books. Her dystopic novel 'The handmaid's tale' was recently adapted to TV by HBO.

    Guo Gao
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "She's A woman in the world, Margaret Atwood. "I" wouldn't call her one of the BEST women in the world. ( No Link to access on this one.)"
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    #8Frances McDormand

    Frances McDormand

    Frances Louise McDormand is a recognized American actress born in Chicago, Illinois. She is known for standout roles in 'Mississipi Burning' (1988), 'Fargo' (1996), 'Almost Famous' (2000), 'North Country' (2005) and recently for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)'.


    Benito Saldaña
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "Frances Louise McDormand is the 1st actress to have won 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. She won for her work on the films Fargo (1996) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."
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    #9Sara Seager

    Sara Seager

    Sara Seager (1971, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian-American astrophysicist. She has discovered more than 700 new planets and her goal is to find another Earth. She works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and gives talks in media like CNN and BBC.

    Tiffany Burke
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "I first met Sara Seager at a conference near my school. She was very nice person, and very humble and down to earth, which I think is ironic considering her profession."
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    #10Sania Mirza

    Sania Mirza

    Sania Mirza is an Indian professional tennis player who has been considered the most successful female Indian tennis player ever. She has been ranked in the "50 Heroes of Asia" list by Time in 2005 and in the "100 most influential people in the world" list by Time Magazine in 2016.

    Michelle Hall
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "Great all-around tennis player. If you're interested in tennis, I would definitely give Sania a look. She's been listed as one of the most influential people in the world. Quite an inspiration. "
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    #11Salt and Saffron

    Salt and Saffron

    Salt and Saffron is Kamila Shamsie's novel about a Pakistani girl, her life in the US and the ancestral issues she has had to deal with. The novel was published on  May 15th, 2002 by Bloomsbury USA .


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    Frank Scott
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Salt and Saffron is a very interesting and engaging novel involving the life of a Pakistani girl and heritage issues she has to deal with after coming to the USA. It's a multi-generational story that spends time reflecting upon her roots, and its traditions. It's not the best book ever...but it's worth reading for some insight."
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    #12October Snow

    October Snow

    October Snow is a 2014 Reader's Favorite Award Winning drama novel by Jenna Brooks. This novel about a domestically-abused woman and her desire to help those who have suffered the same fate was published on November 29th, 2012 by CreateSpace. 



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    Elizabeth Davidson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This was an interesting read, and a realistic look at domestic violence. I thought the main character was sympathetic and heroic, The problem at the end was intriguing, and the author solved it in a compelling way. What kept it from being a great story was the amount of reader-educating that went on. The women would move from one scene to another to sit and talk about domestic violence. They'd discuss the statistics, the laws, the way abusers get away with their crimes, the way the system perpetrates and supports the abuse, etc. It's a horrifying situation, and well worth educating the general public about, but not in the form of a novel. Should not be filed under the topic of best women in the world. "
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    #13My Feudal Lord

    My Feudal Lord

    Tehminna Durrani's My Feudal Lord is a novel that aims to expose the exceptionally difficult role of women in the Muslim society. The novel was published in 1995 by Corgi.


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    Rosa Rico
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "An insightful look into the role of women in Pakistan, from someone who lived there. It's a look at a world many of us in the West will see. The language is a little non-idiomatic at times, which is a bit of a drawback."
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    Embroideries is another witty and entertaining novel from the author of the bestselling Persopolis. This self-published graphic novel looks into the sex lives of Iranian women. 


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    Raymond Harvey
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Embroideries (Pantheon Graphic Novels) is one of the best women in the world. It is very entertaining and lets you learn about things you otherwise wouldn't know about. It is worth reading if you like books but warning, there is some sexy talk in it."
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    #15The Butterfly Mosque

    The Butterfly Mosque

    The Butterfly Mosque is a breathtaking memoir about a western woman and his journey towards becoming an Islam. The novel was published by Atlantic Monthly Press on June 1st, 2010.


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    Debra Flores
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A story of conversion. Interesting views and perspectives."
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    #16Loving in the War Years

    Loving in the War Years
     Cherríe L. Moraga's Loving in the War Years is a compilation of poetry and prose, in Spanish and English about Feminism and being a Chicano woman. The book was published on September 1st, 2000 by South End Press.

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    Laura Rice
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is not the best women in the world, sorry. Completely unrelated. "
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    #17I, Elizabeth: A Novel

    I, Elizabeth: A Novel

    I, Elizabeth is a book by Rosalind Miles that tells the story of Queen Elizabeth. She inherited the throne when it was in its worst situation but because of her wit and bravery she conquered all the challenges and made England prosperous again.


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    Frank Jones
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "For those researching some of the best women in the world, I, Elizabeth: A Novel tells the story of Queen Elizabeth, who inherited the throne at a particularly bad time. Through her bravery, she managed to rise to the occasion and make the country of England great once again."
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    #18The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf

    The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf
    The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf is a non-fiction novel about a woman who grew up in a tight-knit Muslim family and her journey of challenging traditions. This non-fiction novel was published by Public Affairs on September 12th, 2006.

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    Navya Kapoor
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a amazing book with good characters and a really nice story to keep you interested. It's a non-fiction novel that I believe is very underrated "
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    #19Women and Collective Action in Africa: Development, Democratization, and Empowerment

    Women and Collective Action in Africa: Development, Democratization, and Empowerment
    Women and Collective Action in Africa: Development, Democratization, and Empowerment is a book by Filomena Chioma Steady. Published in 2005, Women and Collective Action in Africa focuses on women's movements and collective action in Africa.

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    Jacqueline Peterson
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "I am on the fence about this book. To be sure, the book is a great resource for understanding the complexity of the women's movement in Africa. Accordingly, if that is your specific interest, it is worthwhile read. If, however, you are interested in a bit more of an in depth study of women throughout the world, you may be better served looking elsewhere"
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    #20Women in the Trees

    Women in the Trees
    Susan Koppelman's Women in the Trees is a compilation of short stories about abuse and resistance as told by US women. The controversial book was published on September 1st, 2004 by The Feminist Press at CUNY.

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    Louis Bell
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book can be for anyone who was ever in a situation they didn't put themselves into where they felt abused in one form or the other. Literally forced against your will to do things you didn't want to do and which you felt you didn't deserve. This lets you know you aren't alone and there are ways to cope. "
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    #21The Moths and Other Stories

    The Moths and Other Stories

    Helena María Viramontes's The Moths and Other Stories is a compilation of stories from Chicano women about their economic, social and cultural struggles as women in their society.


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    Emma Hou
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I think we can find a more popular book of women's stories, with better reviews, elsewhere. One of the reviews even says it is "boring and flat"."
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    #22Jasmine Falling

    Jasmine Falling

    Jasmine Falling is a Shereen Malherbe's non-fiction novel about a Palestinian woman's journey to find what her heart truly desires. The novel was published by MB Publishing on November 28th 2015.


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    #23The Hijabi Club

    The Hijabi Club

    The Hijabi Club is a young adult novel by Shaylene Haswaréy about experiencing typical teenager activities as a young, Muslim American. The novel was published by Waste Land Pres on October 31st, 2011. 


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    Harry Long
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The Hijabi Club is a touching novel about interfaith relations. This is a great book for any young adult to read but it doesn't have anything to do with the best women in the world."
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    #24Girls of Riyadh

    Girls of Riyadh

    Rajah Abudullah Asanea's Girls of Riyadh is a controversial novel that recounts the lives of four college-aged women and their stories about the relationship between men and women in Riyadh. The novel was published by The Fig tree on July 5th, 2007.


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    Helen Henderson
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "When Rajaa Alsanea boldly chose to open up the hidden world of Saudi women—their private lives and their conflicts with the traditions of their culture—she caused a sensation across the Arab world. Now in English, Alsanea’s tale of the personal struggles of four young upper-class women offers Westerners an unprecedented glimpse into a society often veiled from view. Living in restrictive Riyadh but traveling all over the globe, these modern Saudi women literally and figuratively shed traditional garb as they search for love, fulfillment, and their place somewhere in between Western society and their Islamic home."


Best What are the best women in the world
1Ellen DeGeneresPeople 19 Paid
2Malala YousafzaiCharacters 15 Paid
3Meryl StreepOther 14 Paid
4Yayoi KusamaPeople 12 Paid
5Serena WilliamsOther 9 Paid
6Arundhati RoyPeople 8 Paid
7Margaret AtwoodOther 6 Paid
8Frances McDormandOther 5 Paid
9Sara SeagerOther 2 Paid
10Sania MirzaPeople 1 Paid

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