In 2015, these women changed the world

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  • In 2015, some of the biggest news and successes resulted from the actions of women
  • Frida Ghitis: Here are my nominees for women who changed the world

The CNN Special Report, "All the Best, All the Worst 2015," airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET and looks at the best and worst stories in big news, politics, pop culture, sports and more.
Frida Ghitis is a world affairs columnist for The Miami Herald and World Politics Review, and a former CNN producer and correspondent. Follow her @FridaGhitis. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN)The majority of the world's most powerful and influential positions remain in men's hands. But the imbalance is gradually tilting -- and it shows. In 2015, some of the biggest news and successes resulted from the actions of women.

Frida Ghitis
Here are my nominees for women who changed the world in 2015. But, before we get started, I want to mention some women who have been on my lists in previous years as they continue to shape our world.
Hillary Clinton made strides in her historic quest to become the first female president of the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel showed she is the undisputed strategic and moral leader of the European Union, Janet Yellen brought an end to nine years of zero-interest rates instituted since the Great Recession, and female Kurdish warriors proved an inspiring and effective counterforce against ISIS.