Here's Why MAKERS Ava DuVernay, John Legend, Melinda Gates, and More Topped TIME's 100 Most Influential People List

Here's Why MAKERS Ava DuVernay, John Legend, Melinda Gates, and More Topped TIME's 100 Most Influential People List


Apr 20, 2017

Several MAKERS have topped yet another list of global influencers. This year's TIME 100 list includes more than just people who seem like they would make for "a lively dinner party," TIME managing editor Nancy Gibbs writes.

This year the list consists of "all who are shaping the course of this turbulent year," with names of people you likely will never see eating dinner together.

Featuring this year's most prominent pioneers, artists, titans, leaders, and icons, the list spotlights many of our MAKERS as some of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."

Here's to wishing a huge congratulations to our MAKERS and all other influencers who made the list, cheers to many more! Scroll through the list below to see some of the MAKERS who made the cut:

Samantha Bee
In her tribute, Jane Curtin describes Bee as "a tiny package of fire and kittens" who has given voice to women as the host of "Full Frontal."

Alicia Keys
Through her complex music, #NoMakeup movement, and Keep a Child Alive foundation, Kerry Washington beautifully states that Keys' influence stems from her "authenticity and vulnerability" that allow her to stay true to herself and her followers.

Ava DuVernay
If someone is going to write an ode to DuVernay, we are thankful it was none other than Venus Williams, who points out DuVernay's elegance and ability to achieve her mission of telling important stories through film with a fresh point of view.

John Legend
According to Harry Belafonte, the combination of Legend's "songs he has giftedly crafted," like "Glory," and his "platform to push for meaningful social change" are what make him a vital part of this list of influencers.

Elizabeth Warren
Fellow U.S. Senator Kamala Harris wrote Warren's tribute, highlighting her continued efforts to stand up for the "middle class and the marginalized" and, nevertheless, persist. 

Sandra Day O'Connor
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor perfectly states how O'Connor has "personified the American pioneer" through her years living on a ranch, becoming the first female Supreme Court Justice of the U.S., and later finding iCivics, a nonprofit organization teaching students of American democracy through video games.

Melinda Gates
Another MAKER, Sheryl Sandberg, opened up about how Gates who has the listening skills unlike anyone else and the passion to use what she hears to take action for equality. In Sandberg's words, Gates is a woman whose "impact will be felt for generations to come."

To view the full list, click here.

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