21. Kathryn Bigelow
“If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies.”
The first and only female Academy Award-Winning Director in Hollywood to date, Bigelow has made history. Her Academy Award-winning film, The Hurt locker is one of many of her successes. She is a leading luminary in showbiz and one of the most influential women today.