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Extraordinary women building an equal world

March 10, 2023

Closing Women’s week, we bring the list of the Women of teh Year, elected by Time magazine. The 12 women featured come from across the globe and have made significant impact in their respective communities and fields, from activism and government to sports and the arts.

For the first time, Brazilian Minister of Racial Equality,  Anielle Franco, appears on the list. Anielle turned to politics after her sister Marielle Franco, a city councilor in Rio de Janeiro who campaigned against police violence and corruption, was assassinated in 2018. Now, as Minister for Racial Equality in Brazil’s new government, she is channeling her grief into action. “I lost my fear when they killed my sister,” she told Time. “Now I fight for something much bigger than myself.”

“Creating a better future for women means building bridges—across generations, communities, and borders. These extraordinary leaders are working toward a more equal world”, the magazine published.

Many of the other chosen women faced challenges that inspired them to push for change. Check out the 2023 list:

Anielle Franco

Brazil’s new Minister of Racial Equality is the one responsible for demanding that the country gives a chance to historically marginalized population groups.

Cate Blanchett

Up for an Academy Award for her performance in 2022’s psychodrama TÁR and a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ambassador, the actress was included in the list for the example of her characters and for her involvement in current issues, such as global warming.

Makiko Ono

Makiko Ono will take over as CEO of one of Japan’s most valuable companies on March 24th, in a country where only 1% of senior positions in large companies are held by women, Time reported. Ono will look to meet Suntory Beverages’s goal of having women make up 30 percent of its managers by 2030.

Angela Bassett

The protagonist of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” was one of those chosen for making history. She was the first actress in a Marvel movie to compete for a statuette for acting. Her role, the publication says, sets an example for women around the world.

Ayisha Siddiqa

The 24-year-old poet and Pakistani climate justice and human rights activist organized protestors in Manhattan to advocate for environmental responsibility in 2019. 

And more:

Phoebe Bridgers, a American singer and pro-choice advocate who was spoken openly about undergoing an abortion.

Megan Rapinoe, two-time World Cup winner with the U.S. women’s national soccer team and outspoken advocate for equal pay and LGBTQ rights.

Quinta Brunson, the creator and co-star of the hit ABC comedy Abbott Elementary, a vehicle for Black voices in culture as well as a window into the role of schools in helping to inspire and educate.

Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist whose outspoken support of oppression in Iran has led to kidnap and assassination plots against her.

Verónica Cruz Sánchez, an abortion rights activist whose Las Libres organization has assisted women in getting medical treatment.

Olena Shevchenko, a Ukrainian LGBTQ+ rights activist.

Ramla Ali, a pro boxer and Somalian refugee whose nonprofit Sisters Club provides training and support to Muslim women as well as anyone else looking for a safe space to train.

Source: TIME