Well, well, apparently (not that Chicagoans didn’t know this already) new Mayor Lori Lightfoot is woke.
Now, Essence has confirmed it as the publication, serving Black women, announced its the 3rd annual Woke 100 List. The compilation salutes and recognizes women of color challenging the status quo.
Also representing the Windy City was First Lady, Michelle Obama.
This year’s list features 100 women who exemplify the true meaning of being change agents and power players and are inspiring communities around the world.
The magazine had this to say about Mayor Lightfoot, “In April Lightfoot made history as the first Black woman and out LGBTQ candidate to be elected mayor of Chicago. Vowing to reduce police misconduct, decrease gun violence and raise the minimum wage, she is working hard to improve the Windy City.”
No stranger to being honored is First Lady Michelle Obama. Essence offered this about Flotus, “This year our #ForeverFLOTUS proved that she can sell out stadiums and bookshelves while inspiring millions of men and women around the globe. In Becoming, her best-selling memoir, she wrote about what it’s like to defy expectations and simultaneously challenged others to do the same.”
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Besides Lightfoot and Flotus, the Woke 100 List showcases “visionaries” working in areas from social justice, politics, sports, business, activism, entertainment and more, including:
Jada Pinkett Smith/Willow Smith/Adrienne Norris
Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Congresswomen Ilhan Omar
“Each year, Essence’s Woke 100 list highlights the movers and shakers who are taking a stand and making a difference where they are. Whether on the national stage, the boardroom, political arena or the classroom, we applaud their continuous efforts to not only inspire others but also to affect change,” said MoAna Luu, Essence Chief Content & Creative Officer
She adds, “Essence’s November issue demonstrates our commitment to showcasing the incredible strides that Black women are making globally. Each year, The Woke 100 list highlights the movers and shakers who are taking a stand and making a difference where they are. Whether on the national stage, the boardroom, political arena or the classroom, we applaud their continuous efforts to not only inspire others but also to affect change.”
Congratulations to Mayor Lightfoot and the First Lady from Reel 360 and Reel Chicago.
For the full list of honorees, click here.