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48 out of 100: Record number of women make TIME magazine’s ‘Most Influential’ list

By WITW Staff on April 17, 2019

TIME magazine’s annual list of the most influential people contains the most women in its 15-year history. This year, just under half of the list’s 100 honorees are women.

Included are political giants such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former First Lady Michelle Obama, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Philippine journalist and Executive Editor of Rappler Maria Ressa, Captain Marvel star Brie Larson, and Saudi activist Loujain Al-Hathloul were also among the 48 women named to the TIME 100.

Clinton, Ressa, and Larson were among the many influential women to take the stage at the 10th annual Women in the World Summit last week in New York, as was Loujain Al-Hathloul’s sister, Lina Al-Hathloul.

“We have 48 women on the list this year, up from 45 last year,” TIME Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal told CBS This Morning. “When we first started doing this in 2004, I just went back and counted, there were 24.”

The record number of women, he noted, was “in some ways a reflection of our society,” but also due to an “amazing year” of achievements from the women included on the list.

Sitting across from Felsenthal as he unveiled the list was another TIME 100 luminary, CBS This Morning host Gayle King, who has been hailed for her bold and unflinching interviews — including a tense conversation with a furious R. Kelly after he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

“It’s not even noon and I am having a great day,” said King. “I am so appreciative and so humbled by this I can’t even begin to tell you.”

Watch the announcement of the Time 100 list on CBS This Morning below.

Read the full story at The Hill.


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