They’re leading the change!
TIME just released their annual Women of the Year list, and they’re highlighting the influencers who are fighting for equality and leading change across the globe. These 12 women use their platforms in service of the greater good. The honorees’ work span the gamut of their experiences, exuding passion and sharing stories of tragedy and triumph that led to a breakthrough. The stories inspire, challenge, and empower women everywhere to create their own extraordinary legacy and build bridges and pathways within their own communities.
“Our annual Women of the Year list… examines the most uplifting form of influence by spotlighting leaders who are using their voices to fight for a more equal world. The 12 women featured on this year’s list 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,” said TIME Executive Editor Naina Bajekal and Senior Editor Lucy Feldman via statement.
Below is a list of the remarkable Black women who are honored on the 2023 list. Check out the full list at TIME and read more about their journeys. The women will be honored at the second annual Women of the Year Gala held on International Women’s Day, March 8th, in Los Angeles.
Angela Bassett, Iconic Actress
“Women are called upon to be wives, sisters, friends, mothers, community leaders, activists, and we have it in our core to be these things. But it’s important to give to yourself first, and then you have more to share with the world,” said Bassett.
The pioneering actress took to social media to dedicate the honor to “every little Black and brown girl who has a dream.”
Ramla Ali, Somali Professional Boxer, Refugee Advocate
“Just the other day I saw somebody put on their Instagram, ‘I’ve been eating like a war refugee all weekend,’” Ali says. “It’s quite offensive. It’s important for me to show that refugees are human beings as well.”
Anielle Franco, Brazil’s Racial Equality Minister
“I lost my fear when they killed my sister. Now I fight for something much bigger than myself,” said Franco.
Quinta Brunson, Emmy Award Winning Actress/Producer, “Abbott Elementary” Creator
“All people have the ability to be both powerful and fragile. Showing that helps to create more equality…Through Janine and the rest of the characters, I hope to be able to help people love themselves a little bit more and give themselves grace and appreciate the hardworking people in their lives,” Brunson said.
Congratulations to all the honorees!
These revolutionary Black women are TIME’s 2023 Women of the Year/ Photos Courtesy of Michael Rowe/Getty Images/Dan Beleiu/TIME/Ricardo Stuckert/PR