Beyonce, Kamala Harris, Rihanna, Ava DuVernay, Oprah & Stacey Abrams Make 100 Most Powerful Women In The World List
The 100 most powerful women in the world list for 2020 and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris made the list for the first time.
Making a return on the list for another year in a row were Beyonce, Oprah, Rihanna, and Ava Duvernay. Politician Stacey Abrams made the list for the first time this year as well.
Kamala Harris held the #3 spot, recognized for becoming the first woman in U.S. history to be elected as Vice President. It was announced in August that now President-elect Joe Biden officially selected Kamala Harris as his running mate. Kamala Harris is an American lawyer and politician serving as the junior United States Senator from California since 2017.
Oprah holds the #20 spot, recognized for her continued successful transition from daytime talk show host to the leader of her own business empire, including the successful OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). Oprah announced earlier this year that The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation (OWCF) gave a $3 million donation to South LA Forward, a newly created coalition of three Los Angeles based grassroots organizations – SoLa I Can Foundation, SEE-LA, and the Watts Healthcare Corporation. This OWCF donation is in addition to the previously announced $12 million donation to COVID-19 related relief efforts in Oprah’s “home cities” of Chicago, Nashville, Milwaukee, and Kosciusko, Mississippi.
Rihanna holds spot #69 and is recognized for giving $1 million to New York’s needy, $2.1 million to abuse victims in L.A., and $5 million to other charities through her Clara Lionel Foundation. She’s also has donated upwards of $8 million to coronavirus relief efforts. Earlier this year, Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation and Jack Dorsey’s #StartSmall initiative sent more than $15 million to
“organizations focused on addressing mental health issues, food insecurity, income loss and the needs of individuals excluded from federal stimulus programs in Newark and Chicago.”
Beyonce held down spot #72 and was acknowledged for her On The Run II stadium tour with husband Jay-Z which grossed roughly $5 million per night, pulling in a total of more than $250 million. Earlier this year the NAACP announced on its website that they have partnered with Beyoncé and her BeyGOOD foundation to create The Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund, which will provide $10,000 grants for business owners in select cities to help keep their companies going during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ava DuVernay came in at #79 recognized for her work as a filmmaker, producer, and director. She also was the first Black woman to be nominated by the Academy as a director in a feature category. She became the first woman of color to direct a $100-million-grossing film, Disney’s 2018 movie “A Wrinkle in Time.” In 2018, she signed a $100 million deal with Warner Brothers.
Stacey Abrams takes spot #100 after she organized a grassroots movement that helped register more than 800,000 Georgian residents to vote in 2020. Stacey Abrams founded the Fair Fight organization, which raised $34 million in the last month of 2020. After losing Georgia’s governor race in 2018, Stacey Abrams has used her platform to continue her efforts in a fight for the oppressed people and to ensure future elections are fair.
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