Ronda Rousey - MMAWEEKLYWhat do First Lady Michelle Obama, actress/writer Tiny Fey, former First Lady/Senator Hillary Clinton, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey all have in common? As different as their stories and accomplishments may be, all were named to Business Insider’s annual list of “50 Women Who Are Changing the World”.

Rousey clocked in at #42 based on her rapid rise to mainstream fame and ability to break down a gender barrier in Mixed Martial Arts previously preventing women from competing in the UFC. The unbeaten Rousey’s success also opened the door for her fellow female fighters and, as evident from their highly-entertaining output thus far, the fairer sex is likely to stay for years to come.

“Rowdy” Ronda is currently in the process of making more history as the first female head coach in the Ultimate Fighter franchise’s run.

Other athletes on the list included tennis great Serena Williams and openly gay female basketball star Brittney Griner.