50 of the Most Inspiring Women Ever Featured on the Cover of PEOPLE
8th March 2019

Prominent women’s right’s activist


Tennis champions at the time of the Battle of the Sexes


Pioneering chef with beloved TV show


The first female co-anchor of the Today show


Former First Lady who became an editor, arts patron and architectural preservationist


The second female co-anchor of Today and an advocate for working mothers


Musician, philanthropist and national treasure


Saturday Night Live star


Music icon


First lady who was open about her battles with alcoholism


Oscar-winning actress who became the princess of Monaco


First lady


The first female justice on the Supreme Court


First female candidate for vice president for a major political party


Prominent sex-positive therapist


International pop superstar and “man-smasher”


Legendary music icon and outspoken feminist


Massively successful solo artist


American teacher and astronaut killed in the Columbia space shuttle explosion


Music icon who endured a near-fatal accident and went back to performing


Newscaster who opened up the dialogue about having children later in life


Accused Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harrassment and started a national dialogue around workplace assault


Oscar-winning actress and America’s sweetheart


Pioneering businesswoman and television star


British royal and global philanthropist (this posthumous cover was about her legacy)


World Cup-winning athletes


Medal-winning athletes from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, including gymnast Kerri Strug


Olympic medal winners Kristi Yamaguchi, Oksana Baiul and Ekaterina Gordeeva


Country superstar who overcame poverty to be a bestselling artist


News anchor and advocate for colon health


Rescued POW


American physician who self-treated her breast cancer at the South Pole


International pop icon who went from poverty to superstardom


Grammy-winning musician and breast cancer survivor


Pioneering country trio who spoke out politically


Child stars who channeled their fame into an award-winning fashion empire


First openly gay talk show host


Actress who kicked off the push towards body positivity and acceptance after being criticized for her appearance bikini photos


Groundbreaking female journalist and talk-show host who opened a school for girls in SouthAfrica


Escaped her kidnappers and became a child safety activist


Went public with her decision to get a preventive double mastectomy after being diagnosed with high-risk BRCA-1 gene


Drew attention to the right-to-die movement after battling painful illness


Escaped captivity; wrote a memoir about her ordeal


Music icon who has adopted four children and gives back to their home country of Malawi


Oscar-winning actress who overcame poverty


First female candidate for president from a major political party


The first female co-anchors of the 7 o’clock hour of Today


Olympic gold medalist who spoke out about sexual abuse in the sport


Pioneering (pun intended) Food Network star and entrepreneur


Former First Lady, bestselling author and advocate for children’s health


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