Lady Gaga isn't a perfect role model, but she is a strong female with her own opinions and she's a very original person. She teaches people, particularly girls, to be who they want to be in life. She was also a good voice for gay rights issues. She has probably helped a lot of young gay people struggling to come out of the closet.
Lady Gaga, love her or not, is a strong female figure. She provides for herself using talents that she has cultivated and does not bow down to anyones image or preonceived notion of what a female pop star should be. If only for these reasons I feel that she is a strong role model for women and an influential leader in her own right.