20 Women Changing Entertainment

Looking for a new role model? Get to know these 20 powerhouses who are flipping the script in the television, film, and music worlds, and share your arts and culture heroines with us below.

1. Lena Dunham. For making feminism (even more) cool

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

2. Amy Poehler. We didn't know we could love a character as much as we do Leslie Knope.

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

3. Mindy Kaling. For inspiring us to embrace our awkward side.

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

4. Tina Fey. For proving, time and time again, women's comic potential.

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

5. Melissa McCarthy. For taking any role and transforming it into comic genius.

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

6. Shonda Rhimes. She created the goddess that is Olivia Pope—need we say more?

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

7. Jenji Kohan. The writer of Orange is the New Black is all about strong female characters.

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

8. Megan Ellison. She's a trailblazer in film production (which has historically been a boys club.)

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

9. Laverne Cox. She's changing the way people view the transgender population.

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

10. Angelina Jolie. Through her work with the UN, she channels her popularity for serious good.

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

11. Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She proves that an actress's career can have more than one (or two!) hit shows.

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

12. Amy Schumer. The freshest face for females in stand up.

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

13. Lorde. She was just the first woman to win a VMA for rock video. At 17!

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

14. Beyoncé. She made "Feminist" the most talked-about word of this years VMAs.

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

15. Ilana Glazer (top) and 16. Abbi Jacobson (bottom). Their show, Broad City, makes your twenties something to laugh about.

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

17. Kathryn Bigelow. The first woman—ever—to win an Oscar for Best Director.

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

18. Issa Rae. She's used YouTube to become an internet sensation with her workplace comedy Awkward Black Girl.

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

19. Chelsea Handler. She's set to make history by taking her talk show to Netflix.

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)

20. Janelle Monáe. If you're a fan of soul music (or just great talent) keep your eye on this girl.

Women Changing Entertainment

(Image credit: Getty Images)