Greta Thunberg tops online readership on Taboola's most-read Women Achievers list

Indian sportswomen Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and Mithali Ral have been featured in Top 10 most read personalities globally in Sports

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Mar 18, 2020 3:22 PM
Greta Thunberg

As the world celebrated Women’s Day and the USA continues to celebrate Women’s History Month in March, Taboola, the leading discovery platform released its unique global list of most-read Women achievers in the field of Entertainment, Sports, art, science & activism. In 2019, the conversation continued globally about the movements and causes that put women in the spotlight. When looking at terms including the Me Too Movement, gender equality and feminism, more than 91 million people read these phrases across nearly 147 million page views. In total, people spent more than 58 million minutes reading about these topics.

Globally, out of more than 100 women that made headlines in 2019 which were analyzed, Greta Thunberg, who championed issues related to climate change, received the most readership online. More than 188 million people spent more than 193 million minutes reading about her.

She is followed by Germany’s Angela Merkel (170 million readers) and sports star Megan Rapinoe (68 million readers), who led the U.S. women’s team to their fourth World Cup.

To honour some of the biggest female newsmakers, Taboola decided to look into some of the biggest ‘firsts’ for women in 2019, across entertainment, sports, arts, science and more.

When looking at some of the ‘firsts’ for women in the entertainment world in 2019, most people read about:

  • Cardi B (64 million readers) - the first solo woman to win a Grammy for best rap album.
  • Brie Larson (54 million) - actor with the biggest opening for a female-fronted film
  • Sandra Oh (20 million) - the first Asian woman to host the Golden Globes
  • Aya Nakamura (16 million) - a popular French musician whose song “Djadja” surpassed more than 400 million views on YouTube
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge (12 million) - this English actor and writer swept the Emmy Awards, taking home three awards for her show Fleabag
  • Halima Aden (4 million) - the first hijab and burkini-wearing model to pose for Sports Illustrated.

When looking at some ‘firsts’ for women in the sports world in 2019, most people read about

  • Megan Rapinoe (68 million) - this captain led the U.S. Women's National Team to its fourth World Cup in a game against France
  • Simone Biles (26 million) - U.S. gymnast who made history by becoming the most decorated in history
  • Mary Kom (11 million) - Indian boxing champion who won a historic 8th World Championship Boxing medal
  • Saina Nehwal (2.7 million) - Indian badminton player who secured her second consecutive and overall fourth senior national badminton title
  • Dina Asher-Smith (2.6 million) - U.K. runner who became the first British woman to claim a global sprint title
  • Ona Carbonell (2.5 million) - From Spain, she won three medals and is the female athlete with most medals in the history of water sports (23 in total).
  • Mithali Raj (1.9 million) - India team captain who became the first female cricketer to play 200 ODIs

When looking at some big moments for women in the arts, sciences and activism in 2019, most people read about:

  • Carola Rackete (20 million) - German ship captain who sparked international headlines by rescuing migrants
  • Christina Koch (5.3 million) - U.S. astronaut who completed NASA's first-ever all-female spacewalk with colleague Jessica Meir
  • Katie Bouman (4.2 million) - scientist who produced the first-ever image of a Black Hole
  • Esther Duflo (2.9 million) - French economist who won the Nobel Prize in Economics, focused on new approaches to alleviating global poverty
  • Margarita Salas (1.1 million) - Biochemist from Spain whose discoveries led to faster, more-accurate DNA testing.

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