TIME released the list of 100 top influential people of the world on Wednesday. Interestingly, two women lawyers- Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy, who fought for the LGBTQ rights and are among those responsible for striking down Section 377, made it to the list. And this also validates how the abolition of Section 377 received global recognition. But, this is not the end to why this year’s TIME list is special. Since its initiation, for the first time, the list has 48 women out of 100 influencers. For the first time the list has half women.
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TIME magazine’s editor-in-chief and CEO told CBS how the list is a reflection of the society. Considering his statement, we can say that this is a positive result for every women out there. The list showcases women empowerment in the society. With 45 women last year, 3 more women have been added in this year’s list and we hope this number grows the next year too. Initially, the list had just 24 women in the list.
The Iconic Women In The List
Being named in the TIME list is in itself a commendable feat. Let’s get to know some of the iconic women on the list:
Lynn Notage is an American playwright whose work often deals with the marginalized people. She is a professor of playwright at the Columbia University.
An American memoirist, essayist and historian, Tara Westover’s memoir ‘Educated’ debuted No.1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. Education was her escape from the abusive childhood she went through.
An American genetic genealogist, Barbara Rae Venter is best known for her work in helping police and investigators identify a suspect in the Golden State killer case.
An American Food Writer And Columnist, Samin Nosrat is a regular food columnist for The New York Time’s Magazine.
She is a painter from Santa Monica, California.Over the course of her long career, she has maintained her rigorous commitment to experimentation.
She is an award-winning writer and filmmaker from Detroit
She is a Mexican actress who made her film debut in 2018 and earned the academy award nomination for the best Actress.
She is a British stylist and fashion designer and has also won the glamour award for Designer.
First Lady of United States from 2009-2017, Michelle Obama is an American Lawyer, administrator and writer. As the First Lady, she has worked as a role model for women. She has worked to create awareness about education, nutrition, physical activity and healthy activity.
Since January 2019, she has served as the speaker of the United States House of Representatives. She is the only woman to have served as speaker in US and is the highest ranking elected woman in United States History. “Speaker Nancy Pelosi is living proof that when it comes to getting the job done, more often than not, it takes a woman.” as Hillary Rhodam Clinton writes about her.
Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She is one of the world’s leading contemporary recording artists and her narrative songs, especially about her life have received strong media wide coverage.
“Her story, spoken while holding back tears, shook Washington and the country. Her courage, in the face of those who wished to silence her, galvanized Americans.” as Kamala Harris writes about her. Chrsitine Margaret Balsey Ford is an American Professor of Psychology at Palo Alto University and a Research Psychologist at Stanford University School Of Medicine.
“Sandra Oh is a virtuoso. She treats dialogue like notes of music—every word must be played, every syllable correctly toned. She’s always been an extraordinary actor. Her body of work makes that clear. “ Shonda Rhimes writes about her. Sandra Oh is a Canadian actress, known for her role as Christina Yang in Grey’s Anatomy, who she played from 2005-2014.
“We’ve regarded her in the context of others. But when you have the heart of Gayle King, that’s not necessarily a negative thing. You’re just fine not being the most known person in the room. In fact, you’re genuinely happy for the person who is.” as Ava Du Vernay writes about her. Gayle King is an American television personality, journalist and author.
Anushika Srivastava is an Intern with SheThePeople.Tv