Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, Rihanna, And More Named The Most Powerful Women In The World

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s to never underestimate the power of a Black woman. For decades we’ve been on the frontlines advocating for change and growth within our respected communities. Although we’ve witnessed the lack of protection for Black women in our everyday lives, we’ve managed to take that energy and transmute it into something bigger than us.
This year, some of the world’s biggest movers and shakers landed a well-deserved spot on Forbes’ list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. Beyonce, 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 a way that is inspirational.
If you haven’t viewed the Forbes’ list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World, then check out these highlights.
Stacey Abrams is a prime example of what Black women do when they get the shorter end of the stick; they keep pushing. After losing in an election to Brian Kemp, the powerful 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.
Beyonce is an artist that only shares what she wants you to know. 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 is doing what she can to make sure the room is a reflection of her. She has been giving Black people a seat at the table for years! In addition, she has silently and publicly donated millions of dollars to the racial and global issues we’ve been faced with.
Rihanna’s worldwide success gives her leverage when it comes to advocacy. Because she recognizes the power of her voice, she always uses her platform to fight for the rights of her people. The Bajan singer has quietly donated millions of dollars to the various political and social movements happening in our society. Her philanthropic efforts have been recognized and awarded by the NAACP and Harvard University.
Media mogul and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey take the 20th spot on Forbes’ list of most powerful women in the world. She has been an inspiration to so many over the course of her career. Although she’s often met with scrutiny on how she uses her voice, there is no doubt that Oprah has to pour back into her community in every way possible.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 11: Politician Stacey Abrams speaks onstage during The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 Women in Entertainment at Milk Studios on December 11, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks to reporters after announcing her candidacy for President of the United States, at Howard University, her alma mater, on January 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. Harris is the first African-American woman to announce a run for the White House in 2020. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 23: Rihanna attends the Fenty Exclusive Preview on May 23, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images For Fenty)
VARIOUS CITIES – JUNE 28: In this screengrab, Beyoncé is seen during the 2020 BET Awards. The 20th annual BET Awards, which aired June 28, 2020, was held virtually due to restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by BET Awards 2020/Getty Images via Getty Images)

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