There are 41 women on the 2014 TIME 100, a record number. Sure, it’s not quite parity, and in previous years we’ve explored the reasons that’s so hard to achieve. But one of the more striking things about many of the women on this year’s list of the world’s most influential people, is that being the first female or the youngest to triumph in a particular field isn’t even the most exciting part of their story. In many cases, these women have chosen to use their success to amplify their influence beyond their professional spheres. Beyonce for example, smashed iTunes sales records held by both genders and she did it with songs about topics that have often been relegated to the women’s issues niche. She sings about marriage, body image, and motherhood and included a cameo by a Nigerian writer in a music video, and the song didn’t just sell, it ignited a conversation about feminism around the world.
And while the singer also known as Mrs. Carter is perhaps the most famous face in this group of 41 women, collectively their influence is both powerful and broad, spanning religion, politics, the arts, sports, activism and philanthropy.
Here are 21 numbers that reflect some of that breadth. (You can see the entire TIME 100 here and a full list of the 41 women on this year’s list is below.)
828,773: The number of copies Beyoncé sold of her eponymous album in just three days, breaking an iTunes record.
35: The total number of Oscar nominations for movies produced by Ellison, including Zero Dark Thirty, American Hustle and Her.
66,618,878: The number of fans Chinese actress Yao Chen has on social-networking site Sina Weibo as of April 2014.
57,095: The number of retweets the former Secretary of State received for a tweet about watching Fox during the Super Bowl.
19.3 million: The number of views Cyrus’ video for her song “Wrecking Ball” received in its first 24 hours, smashing a Vevo record.
55: The number of senators who voted for Gillibrand’s controversial military sexual assault bill, five less than the 60 needed to break a filibuster.
17: Age at which South Korean golfer Ko became the youngest-ever winner of an LPGA Tour event in 2012.
61: The number of real women who were photographed for the opening credits of the Kohan-created Netflix smash Orange Is the New Black.
2.3 million: The number of downloads for Anderson-Lopez and her husband Robert Lopez’s co-written Frozen soundtrack, which has spent 11 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 — so far.
$3.4 billion: The estimated valuation (according to Bank Vontobel AG) of fashion company Net-a-Porter, founded by Massenet, in a possible IPO this year.
9: The number of years politician Merkel has been the Chancellor of Germany. She is the first woman to hold that office, and is considered to be the most powerful leader in Europe.
2,000: The approximate number of vulnerable girls educated at Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe’s school in Uganda since 2002.
532: The number of hours Kathryn Sullivan spent in space during her astronaut days — she became the first woman to walk in space when she took a three-and-a-half hour spacewalk in 1984. Now she’s the director of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
200,000: The record-breaking number of visitors who visited the Frick Collection to see The Goldfinch, the 350-year-old painting that inspired Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name.
x20: The increase in volume of Crate & Barrel glasses sold since Washington’s character Olivia Pope started using them on the hit ABC show Scandal.
200: The number of recipes listed in legendary chef Waters’ 2013 book, The Art of Simple Food II.
17: The number of Grand Slams Singles titles won by tennis superstar Williams.
$16 trillion: The estimated size of the United States economy, which Yellen manages as chair of the Federal Reserve.
2.2 million: The number of people who signed education activist Yousafzai’s Malala petition, which persuaded the U.N. to recommit to universal primary education.
Here’s a full list of the women of the 2014 TIME 100.
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