Women to Watch in 2016
If 2015 has been indicative of anything, it's that women can dominate and succeed in any field, industry, or passion when they're presented with the opportunities to do so.
Whether it's breaking records in the world of sports or making strides for gender equality in Hollywood, women have been busy paving the way for change for the better.
Check out the gallery above to see some influencers and game changers who are taking things to the next level in 2016.
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Ronda Rousey | In 2015, American mixed martial artist and judoka Ronda Rousey was ranked the NO. 1 female bantamweight fighter in the world. That was until this past November, when Rousey met her match, MMA fighter Holly Holm, who defeated Rousey in one of the "biggest upset in UFC history." UFC president Dana White announced the probability of a rematch between the two fierce competitors, which is being planned to take place on July 9, 2016. Stay tuned for what will very likely be one of the most anticipated fights of 2016. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Hillary Clinton | Will democratic presidential candidate (and MAKER) Hillary Clinton become the first female elected president of the United States? The 2016 presidential election is scheduled to take place November 8. Watch and see if history is made for women in the White House, and beyond. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Simone Biles | American gymnast Simone Biles is just eight months away from making her first Olympic appearance, but she's already made history as an Olympic athlete. Biles has won the all-around title in every meet she's competed in since August 2013. She is one of the most decorated gymnasts and is favored to take home Olympic gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio this summer. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Lilly Singh | Better known by her YouTube name, "Superwoman," MAKER Lilly Singh has more than 7 million video subscribers and over 1 billion video views. In October 2015, Singh was ranked 8th on the Forbes list of World's Top Earning YouTube Stars of 2015. This year Singh moved from her hometown in Canada to Los Angeles. With her big move to Hollywood, we're excited to see what's to come from Singh in 2016.
Ellen DeGeneres | It's been more than a decade since we've seen our favorite forgetful fish on the big screen in the Pixar classic, "Finding Nemo." But this June, our beloved blue tang, voiced by comedian and MAKER Ellen DeGeneres, is back to tell a new story about the true meaning of family — swimming alongside her best friends, Nemo and Marlin. "Finding Dory" is slated to be released in theaters on June 17, 2016. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Rowan Blanchard | At just 14, Rowan Blanchard proves that age really is just a number. The young actress first appeared on everyone's radar after she penned an impressive essay on feminism, detailing her thoughts on the movement's progression, pitfalls, and more. After rounding out at the top of several "Most Feminist Celebrity" lists of 2015, we can't help but anticipate a giant year for this trailblazer in 2016. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Emma Watson | Always an active advocate for human rights and gender equality, actress Emma Watson garnered even more attention after her viral U.N. speech and campaign, "He for She." Watson has also tackled sexism by speaking out about the unfair, inappropriate treatment that women in Hollywood face. Now that she and Malala Yousafzai are technically BFFs, it's safe to say that Watson will be carrying the feminist flag with pride through the new year — and we'll be cheering her on every step of the way. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Amandla Stenberg | Amandla Stenberg may be well known by movie-goers as Rue from "The Hunger Games," but to everyone else she's an activist using social media to speak out on social injustices and stories misrepresented or untold in mainstream media, especially those belonging to women of color. In 2016, she'll be taking on the comic world with a book about a young black warrior woman. Oh, and she was also voted "Most Feminist Celebrity of 2015" alongside her pal Rowan Blanchard. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Elizabeth Plank | Senior correspondent at Mic.com and the funny Instagram maven behind the account "femnistabulous", Liz Plank brings conversations and funny skits covering a range of topics in her award-winning web series "Flip the Script". Just two months after her first episode premiered, the video series has been viewed more than 33 million times — a number which is sure to increase in 2016. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Misty Copeland | Ballerina and MAKER Misty Copeland has had quite a spectacular year. In addition to being named the first black principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre this year, Copeland released her documentary, "A Ballerina's Tale," and made her Broadway debut in, "On the Town." Most recently? The ballerina was named as one of Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015. We're willing to bet Copeland will only continue to inspire and fascinate us in 2016 and beyond. Photo Credit: Getty Images