If 2020 taught us anything, it’s never to underestimate the power of a Black woman. For decades Black women have been on the frontlines advocating for change and growth within respected communities.
This year, some of the world’s biggest movers and shakers landed a well-deserved spot on the Forbes list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. Beyoncé, Rihanna, Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Stacey Abrams, and Kamala Harris are featured on the list for being change-makers in today’s climate. Their continued commitment to bridging the gaps and establishing community unites us in an inspirational way.
Check out our favorite highlights from the Forbes’ list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.
Stacey Abrams at number 100
Stacey Abrams is a prime example of what Black women do when they receive the shorter end of the stick; they keep pushing. After losing in an election to Brian Kemp, the influential political figure recognized the need to aid voter suppression. She founded the Fair Fight Action, an organization to address the issue. It was her work that helped flip Georgia voters in this year’s election.
Ava DuVernay at number 79
It is so important for Black stories to be told accurately. Ava DuVernay has taken the art of storytelling and transformed it into a visual experience of one’s reality. Through her lens, we’ve been able to feel people’s voices and witness their stories entirely. She’s created Black heroes for our people to look up to, and she’s educated us with projects like 13th, Selma, When the See Us, and many more.
Beyonce at number 72
Beyoncé is one of the top-selling artists of our time. Behind the scenes, she’s creating spaces for people of color to work and become financially fruitful. As brands line up to collaborate with the Grammy award-winning artist, she has done her part to give Black people a seat at the table and make sure the room is a reflection of her. Also, she continues to be engaged in the community, giving her time and money to racial and global issues.
Rihanna at number 69
Rihanna’s worldwide success gives her leverage when it comes to advocacy. She’s used her platform to fight for the rights of her people. The Bajan singer has quietly donated millions of dollars to various political and social movements. Her philanthropic efforts have been recognized and awarded by the NAACP and Harvard University.
Oprah Winfrey at number 20
Media mogul and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey takes the 20th spot on Forbes’ list of most powerful women in the world. She has been an inspiration to many people throughout her career. Although she’s often met with scrutiny on how she uses her voice, there is no doubt that Oprah has poured back into her community.
Kamala Harris at number 3
Our future Vice President of the United States landed at the number three spot on Forbes’ list. Kamala Harris made history as the first Black woman to become the Vice President.
Beyonce, Kamala Harris, Rihanna, and More Named Most Powerful Women in the World was originally published on hellobeautiful.com