A pioneer is a person who is among the first to research and develop a new area of knowledge or activity. First of their kind. Here are Time100’s top 3 most influential women pioneers of 2021.


Singer Songwriter

Since her debut EP in 2017 “Don’t Smile at Me”, Billie Eilish has been a pioneer in the music industry. At the age of 17, she’s been taking risks and reinventing the pop music scene. Her hauntingly different sound has everyone wanting more. Friday, March 28, she released her debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go” and her fans went crazy for it.

One of the defining qualities of the album is that most of the songs are bass-heavy and have a slower tempo. “Xanny”, which touches on the struggles Eilish has with her anxiety, is a slow, almost ballad type song where Eilish pours out her soul to her listeners. Another slow, yet lighter song is “when the party’s over” which Eilish released before the album itself. The lyrics to this song spell out a tale of a relationship. Fans loved this song when Eilish released it and it fits in well with the rest of the album.

The album has some lighter feeling songs including “8”, “I love you”, and  “my strange addiction” which has audio clips from the hit show The Office throughout the song.

Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell write all their songs and Eilish performs them. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? has an eerie, vibey feel to it, like most of Eilish’s music. Her new style of music has fans wanting more, but for now, they will be satisfied with this album.


Professor of Public Health in the Department of Health and Policy Management at Gadjah Mada UniversityYogyakarta

Adi Utarini is a professor of public health and project leader of Eliminate Dengue Project Yogyakarta at Universitas Gadjah Mada.

Her areas of professional experience include research malaria control programs, Tuberculosis control with particular emphasis on public-private partnership, and improving quality of care in hospitals. The current research project is applying Wolbachia Aedes aegypti intervention to reduce Dengue cases in Yogyakarta, funded by the Tahija Foundation, Indonesia. This initiative is part of the Eliminate Dengue Project Global hosted by Monash University, Australia.

Adi Utarini completed the master degree from the Institute of Child Health, London UK and a PhD degree from the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, Umea University, Sweden.



She started in gymnastics as highly energetic 6-year-old, and as she rapidly progressed through the sport, she eventually started to set her sights on the Olympics.

And on Thursday, she became an Olympic gold medalist — and in the biggest event of all, the all-around competition.

Here are some things to know about Lee, our newest Olympic gold medalist:

  1. She is the first Hmong American to represent Team USA in the Olympics.
  2. She hails from St. Paul, the city with the largest concentration of Hmong in a metro area outside of Southeast Asia.
  3. Her parents, John Lee and Yeev Thoj are both immigrants from Laos. While John is not her biological father, Sunisa decided to take his last name.
  4. She has five siblings — sisters Shyenne and Evionn, and brothers Jonah, Lucky and Noah.
  5. Her father is paralyzed from the waist down. He fell out of a tree in the days leading up to the 2019 U.S. Championships, the meet in which Sunisa first really gained national attention with her performance.
  6. She graduated from South St. Paul High School this year.
  7. Her routine on the uneven bars is widely regarded to be the most difficult in the world. That said, Lee lists beam as her favourite event on the USA Gymnastics website.
  8. She will attend Auburn University in the fall and compete on the gymnastics team.
  9. She is very active on social media with more than 400,000 followers on Instagram and nearly 150,000 followers on TikTok.

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