Top 10 Most Influential Women Who Made a Difference

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These top 10 female celebrities were not only chosen for their good looks or fortunes, but also because of their involvement with charity work and their contributions to the society.

 

1. Angelina Jolie

Angelina-Jolie

Angelina Jolie was born to the well known actor Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. She had a rough relationship with her father, stating she only saw him when they worked together. However, she was always open about how close she was with her mother and could never be as good of a mother that her mother was to her. In 2001, during a broadcast interview, Jolie’s father made a plea for his daughter to get help for her mental problems. After that interview, Jolie stopped having any contact with her father, until they reconnected after Jolie’s mother passed away due to a six year battle with Cancer.

Jolie is a well known actress, having starred in films such as “Lara Croft, co-starring her father, and “Girl, Interrupted”, for which she won an Oscar for. She played a mental patient in the movie, and some would say she played the perfect role of herself. In 2011, she made her directorial debut, “In The Land of Blood and Honey”, which she also wrote.

Being married twice before, she found love with Brad Pitt in 2005 when they starred in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”. At the time of the development of the now most powerful relationship, Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston. Together, they now have six children together, three adopted and three biological. The fact that Jolie “stole Brad Pitt from Jennifer Aniston” has been a money making machine for the media. But that did not stop Angelina Jolie from being a humanitarian.

Jolie became aware of humanitarian work when she worked on “Lara Croft” in Cambodia, where she adopted her first son. She contacted UNHCR for information on international trouble sports. In February 2001, she went on her first field visit, an 18 day mission to Sierra. She was named the UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. Since then, Jolie visited more than 30 countries to meet with refugees.

When asked what she hoped to accomplish by doing the field trips, Jolie replied, “Awareness of the plight of these people. I think they should be commended for what they have survived, not looked down upon.” Jolie is known to visit countries of war zones. Jolie has also established several charity organizations and uses her profile on media to promote her humanitarian work

 

2. Oprah Whinfrey

Oprah-Winfrey

Oprah’s first co-hosting experience came in 1976 when she coco-hosted the program “People Are Talking.” During that time, she also co-anchored news casts. By September 1985, Oprah had her own talk show called “The Oprah Winfrey Show” which lasted for 25 years. By 1987, the show won an Emmy award, and Oprah was the youngest person ever to receive the “Broadcaster Of The Year” award. Her show included guest appearances from celebrities, such as Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, as well as Heath Ledger, Ellen Degeneres and Jessica Simpson. Oprah also spent a massive amount of her shows discussing personal issues such as abuse and rape. She had several guests come in to speak on her couch to talk about their own experiences.

Oprah also has her own production company called “Harpo Production” which was developed in 1986, through her love of acting and entertainment. Today, in 2012, it is a force of televisions shows for people like Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, and Rachel Ray. Her production company also developed TV shows and TV movies. Oprah was the first person ever to have her own production company all on her own.

Oprah had also developed her on air book club called “Oprah’s Book Club”. The book club included new books that Oprah would recommend viewers to read. Right after a book was included in her club, the book was the #1 bestselling book. She also developed her own 2 magazines sets. called “O, Oprah magazines” and “O at Home”. Her first magazine was a bestseller when it first came out. By 2003, Oprah was the first African American woman to become a billionaire.

In 2010, after 25 years on the air, Oprah decided to say goodbye to her long running show to peruse her own Television Network called OWN, where she still continues on with her hosting duties. The final broadcast of daytime show aired on May 25, 2011. On top of that, Oprah has established her own school in Africa for children coming from broken homes. Oprah is a well established woman, who makes people think of themselves in a positive, energetic way.

 

3. Princess Diana

Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981 at only 19 years old. He was 32 at the time. They had two children together, Prince William and Prince Harry. The marriage between Princess Diana and Prince Charles was a miserable one. When in public, they would never hold hands or even look at each other. Prince Charles had an affair with Camilla, whom he married in 2005. It was reported that Princess Diana cheated as well during the marriage. Princess Diana and Prince Charles separated in 1991 but would only get divorced in 1995, because the Queen insisted they would stay legally married.

During her royal marriage, Princess Diana developed her own interests and activities. She became a strong advocate for children in need who had conditions such as AIDS and HIV. She was the first celebrity ever to be photographed touching a person who was diagnosed with HIV. However, all that hard work was overshadowed by the cruelty of media frenzy, who would follow her everywhere she went, even after her divorce from Prince Charles.

Sadly, the media attention she tried she tried so hard to avoid turned deadly. On August 31, 1997, Princess Diana got into a car accident while trying to get away from reporters. Her boyfriend, Dodie Al Fayed, also died. Ever since that day, the word “Paparazzi” was establish when referring to reporters who take unwanted pictures of celebrities or anyone in the media.

 

4. Hilary Clinton

Hilary Clinton was the First Lady of The United States during the time that Bill Clinton, whom she met at Yale Law school, was the president. She worked as a lawyer while raising her daughter, Chelsea. In 1992, when Governor Bill Clinton was elected to be president, Hillary Clinton was a strong advocate for health care reform and worked hard on solving issues dealing with children and women in need, as well reducing teen pregnancies and improving the health care system.

Hillary Clinton said the following during a 1995 speech: “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights” This inspired women and helped strengthen women’s rights all over the world.

In 2000, she became the primary First Lady to be elected as The United States Senate. During that time, she served on the Armed Services Committee, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Budget Committee and the Select Committee on Aging. She was also a Commissioner on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

After September 11, 2001, Clinton was a strong advocate at the foundation of rebuilding the state of New York and improving the Health Care system for those who risked their lives while working at Ground Zero.

In 2008, Clinton became a candidate at the Presidential Campaign. If she was elected, she would be the first female president ever. However, that did not come to life. Instead, she became the Secretary of State, elected by President Barack Obama in 2009. Clinton also wrote her own memoir, “Living History”, as well as a bestselling children’s book, “It Takes A Village.”

 

5. Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama became the first Black First Lady, when her husband, Barack Obama became the first Black President in 2009. Obama was raised in a home full of love and in 1988, she graduated from Harvard Law University, where she met her future husband, Barack Obama.

In 1996, Michelle Obama developed a vision by bringing together campus and community. She developed the university’s first community service program by being the Associated Dean of Students Services, as well as volunteerism skyrocketed through her leadership as Vice President of Community and External Affairs. Obama is still a strong advocate of this issue, and with her duties as First Lady, she developed “Let’s Move!” This campaign bring together community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, moms and dads in a nationwide effort to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity.

In 2011, together Jill Bidden, Obama launched “Joining Forces”, which mobilizes to give our service members and their families the support they need and to raise awareness of military families’ needs of education, employment, and wellness. By 2013, Joining Forces looks to hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans and military spouses.

Despite all this hard work, Michelle Obama has stated that her first and foremost number 1 priority is being a good mother to her 2 daughters, Malia and Sasha.

 

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