Kamala Harris, Amanda Gorman, Quinta Brunson, Abby Phillip, Among Those Selected as ELLE’s Women of Impact

by Xara Aziz
From top left to bottom right: The White House; Instagram @amandascgorman; Instagram @quintab; CNN

The list is out.

While Women’s History Month may be over, ELLE magazine is still giving flowers where it’s due after dropping its 2nd annual “Women of Impact” list. The women on the list represent women who have gone above and beyond their industries to make a lasting change for generations to come.

On this list includes Vice President Kamala Harris, poet Amanda Gorman, Emmy-winning television writer, producer, and actress Quinta Brunson, and CNN anchor Abby Phillip.

According to the publication, Harris was chosen because she is the first member of the executive branch on record to speak up in support of abortion rights. Gorman was chosen for using her voice to raise activism and social change in a tense American climate. Brunson was chosen for using her acting prowess to speak on advocacy in public schools, and Phillip was chosen for her dynamic reporting of the news on CNN.

Other women on the list include former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, designer Tory Burch, Rep. Veronica Escobar, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, author and showrunner Jenny Han, activist Malala Yousafzai, singer and composer Shaina Taub, model and activist Cameron Russell, and CEO and founder of Ecocitex Rosario Hevia.

“Our 2024 Women of Impact honorees are freedom fighters and rule breakers,” according to the publication. “These activists, leaders, and visionaries are pushing their fields to new heights, charting their own paths, shaping trends, and saying, “you thought that was my pinnacle? Think again, I’m only getting started.”

On its inaugural list last year, actress Keke Palmer, Olympic runner and shoe brand founder Allyson Felix, and reproductive rights activist Oriaku Njoku were featured.

Here’s a brief look at what some of the women had to say about how they are making an impact.

“I feel a very strong sense of duty to elevate and give voice to issues in particular where people are suffering and where there is an injustice, where there is harm.”  

Vice President Kamala Harris

“Maybe I’m the first, but I refuse to be the last.”

Amanda Gorman

“I don’t think I have anything to prove, per se, but I would like to make more things, whether it be TV or film or books or whatever. I’m itching to use a different side of my pen.”

Quinta Brunson

“My biggest goal is to be known and trusted for telling people the truth. All we have in this business is our reputation, and that’s always been a guiding light for me.”

Abby Phillip

To see the full list, visit here.

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