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Sports Illustrated Recognizes the Most Powerful, Most Influential and Most Outstanding Women in Spor

Sports Illustrated releases The Unrelenting List honoring women in sport who are speaking out, setting the bar and making a difference. On the list of honorees, you will find athletes, activists, executives, coaches and more. Women from different walks of life, diverse backgrounds, and a variety of sports, but all changing the game in their own way!

As an organization dedicated to championing women in sport we know the importance of recognizing women making strides in the industry and world. The women on this list are dynamic, relentless. powerful, influential and true gamechangers.

  1. Billie Jean King – Tennis Legend and Social Activist

  2. Naomi Osaka – WTA World No. 3 and three time Grand Slam Champion

  3. Maya Moore – Minnesota Lynx Forward

  4. Michele Roberts – Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association

  5. Simone Biles – U.S. Gymnast

  6. Terri Jackson – Executive Director, Women National Basketball Players Association

  7. Jennifer Cohen – Athletic Director, University of Washington

  8. Sandy Barbour – Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics, Pennsylvania State University

  9. Heather Lyke – Athletic Director, University of Pittsburgh

  10. Carla Williams – Athletic Director, University of Virginia

  11. Candice Storey Lee – Athletic Director, Vanderbilt University

  12. Nneka Ogwumike – Los Angeles Sparks Forward

  13. Megan Rapinoe – USWNT, OL Reign

  14. Lisa Joseph Metelus – Executive, CAA Sports and CAA Board Member

  15. Crystal Dunn – USWNT, North Carolina Courage

  16. Doris Burke – Analyst and Broadcaster, ESPN

  17. Alysia Montaño – U.S. Olympian, Track and Field

  18. Alyssa Nakken – Assistant Coach, San Francisco Giants

  19. Coco Gauff – WTA No. 51

  20. Julie Donaldson – Senior Vice President of Media, Washington Football Team

  21. Ada Hegerberg – Olympique Lyonnais Forward

  22. Kim Davis – Senior Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives and Legislative Affairs, NHL

  23. Natasha Cloud – Washington Mystics Point Guard

  24. Jessica Berman – Deputy Commissioner and Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, National Lacrosse League

  25. Serena Williams – WTA World No.3

  26. Blake Bolden – Pro Scout, L.A. Kings, and U.S. Ice Hockey Player

  27. A’ja Wilson – Las Vegas Aces Forward

  28. Samantha Gordon – Viral Football Star and Activist

  29. Allyson Felix – Four-time Olympian, Track and Field

  30. Cat Osterman, Jessica Warren, Victoria Hayward and Erika Piancastelli – Athletes Unlimited Softball Captains

  31. Samantha Rapoport – Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion, NFL

  32. Hilary Knight – U.S. Ice Hockey Player, Three-time Olympic Medalist

  33. Nicole Lynn – NFL and NBA Agent and Lawyer, Young Money APAA Sports

  34. Courtney Dauwalter – Ultramarathon Runner

  35. Becky Hammon – Assistant Coach, San Antonio Spurs

  36. Simone Manuel – U.S. Swimmer and Four-time Olympic Medalist

  37. Keia Clarke – Chief Executive Officer, New York Liberty

  38. Kendall Coyne Schofield – U.S. Ice Hockey Player, Two-time Olympic Medalist

  39. Muffet McGraw – Former Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Notre Dame

  40. Lisa Baird – NWSL Commissioner

  41. Brenda Tracy – Founder of Set the Expectation

  42. Niele Ivey – Current Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Notre Dame

  43. Cheryl Reeve – Minnesota Lynx Head Coach and General Manage

  44. Candace Parker – Los Angeles Sparks Forward and TV Analyst, TNT

  45. Laura Okmin – Fox Sports Broadcaster and Founder of Galvanize

  46. Mikaela Shiffrin – U.S. Alpine Skier, Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist

  47. Odessa Jenkins – Cofounder, Women’s National Football Conference

  48. Nancy Hogshead-Makar – Olympic Swimmer, Civil Rights Lawyer and CEO of Champion Women

  49. Dany Garcia – Chairwoman, The Garcia Companies

  50. Johanna Faries – Commissioner, Call of Duty Esports

Whether you are familiar with the names on the list or not, these women are powerful in their pursuits, breaking barriers and making strides for women in and out of sports. To view the full story on all of these outstanding women, visit .


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