For the second year in a row, ESSENCE honors the women who are proven change agents, shape-shifters and power players across the nation and beyond. These women continuously fight the good fight by inspiring us and igniting movements—from the healthcare field to the Hill to Hollywood.
This year’s cover star features the one and only Kerry Washington — who, alongside Nina Shaw, is one of the founding members of the Time’s Up campaign, and a consistent supporter of Black Lives Matter (but more on that later).
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Our elite Women Mayors of Maryland and Washington, DC, Atlanta and New Haven