Beyonce is one of the stars that doesn't even need a description.
But for argument's sake, the singer is a groundbreaker for "independent women" all over. She proves that no one needs to rely on someone else and that being a damsel in distress isn't cool.
She is uniquely her and that is enough.
Shonda Rhimes is the driving force behind so many of our favourite television series, from "Grey's Anatomy" to "Scandal".
She gives equal weight to characters of any background, as Oprah put it - “gay, straight, single, divorced, lost, searching.”
Her shows allow a new generation to realize that humans don't fit into a mould.
Ten years ago, trans rights weren't on most people's radar. Thanks to actresses like Laverne Cox, the trans community is allowed to live their truth.
Cox was the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy, appear on the cover of Time and Cosmopolitan , as well as have a wax figure at Madame Tussauds.
Emma Watson will forever be known as "Harry Potter"'s Hermione Granger, but it is that international fame that has allowed the British actress to use her voice for the better.
In 2014, the activist was named UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. She has also launched the HeForShe campaign encouraging men to join in the fight for women's equal rights.
Having turned 93 this year, Queen Elizabeth has been a staple in most people'e lives for their entire life.
Remaining politically neutral is just part of her job, but it is a lesson to all of us to get along with those you don't agree with.
She is the ultimate example of "keep calm and carry on."
Christine Blasey Ford
Christine Blasey Ford stood before, not only an entire nation - but the world as she testified against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
She painfully recounted how she was abused by Kavanaugh in her youth.
Ford was the voice of every woman who has been assaulted and never believed.
Michelle Obama didn't stand on the sidelines while she was U.S. First Lady.
From her Let's Move Campaign to get kids active in schools, to her veterans' campaign Joining Forces, she made her time count.
She is also an author and activist for girls' education and now a Grammy nominee for her audiobook Becoming.
Meghan Markle was an up and coming actress and humanitarian in 2010. Over the years she lent her voice to organizations such as World Vision and One Young World.
Once she met Prince Harry and her platform grew, she used those opportunities to help out even more people.
Being a woman of colour joining the Royal Family also gave young girls all across the globe someone to look up to who resembled them as she broke down barriers.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg
United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has defied all odds, despite her health challenges, to remain in the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure partiality.
She has faced adversity, but has fought against gender discrimination working on changing one area at time.
Taylor Swift was still a country star when this decade started, but the multi-talented singer has taken over other genres since then.
Aside from her musical talents, Swift also uses her platform to encourage her fans to vote, LGBTQ rights, female empowerment and just showing us all that it never hurts to be nice with her acts of kindness towards unsuspecting fans.