The Wednesday 5: Women of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People


This year, 40 women made the list of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. While some of the more notable names — Hillary Clinton, Christine Legarde,  Angela Merkel, Aung San Suu Kyi — might come as no surprise, we’re fascinated by the women whose names are not yet at the household level, but whose influence and impact are deeply felt around the world. Here are five women from 2016 TIME magazine’s most influential people we look forward to following: Christina Figueres, Hope Jahren, Lori Robinson, Diana Natalicio, and Sunita Narain.




Christina Figueres
Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)


“The agreement at the Paris climate talks last year—the crowning achievement of her nearly six productive years as executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change—is the most ambitious global resolution against climate change in human history. Her work shows the world that we can succeed in avoiding catastrophic climate change and become more unified in the process.” — Robert Redford, TIME 100



Hope Jahren
Geochemist and Geobiologist at the University of Hawaii


“Her work has resulted in at least 70 studies in dozens of journals, but it’s also given her a platform—a megaphone, really—to talk about something else: widespread sexual harassment and discrimination in science. On her blog, in op-eds and in her new memoir, Lab Girl, which debuted on the New York Times best-seller list, Jahren wields her influence to call out a culture that has caused women to flee the field she so loves. That’s why she does it: she loves science. And whether she’s writing about lab funding, discrimination or deciduous trees, she has a way of making you love it too.” —Siobhan O’Connor, TIME 100


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