Time magazine has published its Women of the Year list. There were twelve activists, representatives of the world of culture, sport, business and politics. What they have in common is that they are “speaking up to fight for a more equal world”, and many of them have faced enormous challenges that “inspired them to strive for change”, we read on the weekly’s website.
The ranking, published on Thursday 2 March, noted that “creating a better future for women means building bridges – across generations, communities and borders. These extraordinary leaders are working for a more equal world.” To mark the publication of the list, Time magazine presented two covers with photos of the honored women: an Australian actress Cate Blanchett and a Pakistani defender human rights and climate activist Ayishi Siddiqi.
A two-time winner Oscar were distinguished, among others for climate action: “Blanchett realizes that one global problem connects to another and another. The climate crisis, he says, is one of the greatest challenges we face as a species,” reads the justification for the choice on the website ” Time”.
Time magazine chose women of the year
The creators of the list appreciated the fact that Ayisha Siddiqa was one of the co-founders of Polluters Out, a global coalition of youth activists, and helped launch Fossil Free University – a course aimed at training activists. Currently, Siddiqa is working on a youth climate justice fund.
The list of twelve women of the year also includes a Mexican activist for reproductive rights Veronica Cruz Sanchezwho “helps Americans oppose abortion bans,” Iranian human rights activist and journalist Masih Alinejadwho has been critical of politics for years Iran against women, Ukrainian activist for people LGBT Olena Shevchenko and the Minister of Racial Equality Brazil Angel Franco.
Representatives of the world of sport, business and culture
Among the honorees is also the new president of the Japanese conglomerate Suntory Beverages and Food Makiko Ono, valued at $10.4 billion. As noted by Time, in Japan “less than 1 percent of top-tier companies have a female CEO.”
The magazine also appreciated figures from the world of sports: an American football player Megan Rapinoe“inspiring women from various industries, demanding equal pay” and a professional boxer and “refugee advocate” Ramla Ali, who founded Sisters Club, a non-governmental organization that offers boxing lessons to ethnic or religious minorities and victims of domestic violence who usually do not have access to this type of physical activity.
American actress Angela Bassett she was on the list as the first person to receive an Oscar nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actress for her role in a Marvel production (“Black Panther: Wakanda in My Heart”). Hollywood is also represented by a screenwriter, producer and actress Quinta Brunsonwhich “sets an example for black children around the world by showing them that they can achieve their goals, no matter where they come from.” Singer and songwriter Phoebe Bridgers was recognized for “speaking out on issues that are important to her.”
Leaders who ‘fight for a more equal world’
Time highlighted that the 12 women on the list “come from all over the world and have had a significant impact in their communities and fields, from activism and politics to sports and the arts” and “many of them have faced enormous challenges” that inspired them to strive for change. As added, the creators of the ranking considered “the most uplifting form of making an impact by paying attention to women leaders who speak out to fight for a more equal world.”
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