Emma Watson, Ruth Bader-Ginsburg & Michelle Obama are amongst those named as Apolitical’s 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy for 2019.
Watson, an actress, model and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, has made a name for herself outside of acting, as an equal rights activist. Her 2014 speech at the opening of the United Nations HeForShe campaign went viral – with Watson saying, “We are struggling for a uniting word but the good news is we have a uniting movement.”
“It is called HeForShe.”
“I am inviting you to step forward, to be seen to speak up, to be the “he” for “she”.”
“And to ask yourself if not me, who?”
“If not now, when?”
The list also features politicians, civil servants, academics and activists, including Nimco Ali, Co-founder and Director, the Daughters of Eve; Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives; Mandu Reid, Leader of the Women’s Equality Party; Tarana Burke, Founder of the #MeToo movement; and Elizaebth Nyamayaro, Founder of the UN’s HeForShe campaign.
The list aims to recognise and celebrate the hard work around gender policy across the globe. This year, Apolitical recevied over 9,000 nominations – a record number.
Nominations were received from people working in local and national governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations including the United Nations, Women Deliver, Women in Global Health, The World Bank, UNAIDS, Women for Climate Justice, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and more.
The list takes into account a number of factors included how many nominations were received for that person; the power and potential to affect change at a local, national or international level; past achievements; social media presence; and speaking engagements within their field. The list is then reviewed by a selection of experts before it is finalised.
You can view the full list here.
Speaking about the list, Lisa Witter, Apolitical’s Executive Chairman, said it was “time to showcase the inspirational people who are pioneering change and shaping gender policy around the globe.”