Since 2017, Essence magazine has honored influencers for its “Woke 100 Women” list, and this year, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms made the cut.
The second annual round-up was released earlier this month and highlights artists, leaders and executives “who are proven change agents, shape-shifters and power players across the nation and beyond.”
Bottoms, 48, was saluted for “fighting the good fight” and encouraging black women to run for office. She beat City Councilwoman Mary Norwood last year to become Atlanta’s 60th mayor.
“We don’t recognize our own power as women. We organically lead in our communities, we lead in our churches, we lead in our workplace, we lead in our families. Too often we look to other people to lead in a very public way. Don’t be afraid to fail. You’re already leading,” Bottoms once said about black women and politics.
The politician was thrilled to be celebrated and expressed her gratitude on Twitter. “What an honor to even be spoken in the same breath as these incredible women,” she wrote.
The mayor is among a group that includes singers Chloe x Halle, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and activist Erica Garner, who received posthumous recognition.
Want to know who else got a nod? Take a look at the full list here.