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Time releases its inaugural Women of the Year list

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  • Time announced its inaugural Women of the Year list on Thursday.
  • The list includes 12 women across the entertainment, activism, and innovation sectors working toward sparking change.
  • The list’s debut acts as a yearly follow-up from Time’s 2020 Women of the Year project, which recognized and honored 100 women “innovators, activists, entertainers, athletes and artists who defined a century.”

Time announced its inaugural Women of the Year list on Thursday.  

“When we sat down last fall to conceive a version of this project that could become an ongoing tradition, we chose to spotlight leaders who are working to create a better future for women everywhere,” executive editor Naina Bajekal and senior editor Lucy Feldman wrote in a press release. “Our 2022 Women of the Year list features 12 individuals who have reached across communities, generations, and borders to fight for a more inclusive and equitable world.”   

The full list includes women across the entertainment, activism, and innovation sectors working toward sparking change: software engineer Tracy Chou, Olympian Allyson Felix, poet and activist Amanda Gorman, social entrepreneur and civil rights activist Amanda Nguyen, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Sherrilyn Ifill, health advocate and midwife Jennie Joseph, trans actress and activist Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, actor and activist Kerry Washington, singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman, and Afghan journalist Zahra Joya. 


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The list’s debut acts as a yearly follow-up from Time’s 2020 Women of the Year project, which recognized and honored 100 women “innovators, activists, entertainers, athletes and artists who defined a century.”   

“The collective action of these women will continue to reshape the world towards equality and I’m honored to be among them,” Nguyen, the CEO and founder of Rise, said in a press release. “I’m thankful to the team at TIME to bring the work of women leaders to the forefront for our younger generations to learn and be inspired.”   


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