The Women of the 2014 TIME 100


There are 41 women on the 2014 TIME 100, a record number. Sure, it’s not quite parity, and in previous years we’ve explored the reasons that’s so hard to achieve. But one of the more striking things about many of the women on this year’s list of the world’s most influential people, is that being the first female or the youngest to triumph in a particular field isn’t even the most exciting part of their story. In many cases, these women have chosen to use their success to amplify their influence beyond their professional spheres. Beyonce for example, smashed iTunes sales records held by both genders and she did it with songs about topics that have often been relegated to the women’s issues niche. She sings about marriage, body image, and motherhood and included a cameo by a Nigerian writer in a music video, and the song didn’t just sell…

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