Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Condoleezza Rice — these are women who have made their marks in politics in a big way. But look beyond this highest tier of the country’s most powerful figures and you’ll find a cadre of highly effective women fighting for policies and drawing attention, both favorable and critical, to their own political futures.
The Hill releases its 25 Women to Watch feature to identify those who are getting noticed or who already have begun to distinguish themselves as natural leaders, inspirational figures or gutsy risk-takers. They come from Capitol Hill, presidential campaigns, K Street, the White House and beyond. Each of these women prompts the question, “What might her future hold?”
Sandra Fluke, for instance, suddenly came to embody the core controversies over a cluster of social issues, eliciting discussion for several news cycles and later winning a prime-time speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention. Pia Carusone displayed calm during an extraordinarily challenging event and now advises a Cabinet secretary. And Andrea Saul goes to bat for her candidate on a daily basis — usually multiple times per day — in a campaign in which every word counts.
The list is neither comprehensive nor scientific, but it seeks to identify women of whom one should expect to hear more. It includes both widely known names, such as Sheryl Sandberg, and others new to the scene, such as Tulsi Gabbard. What they have in common is a future of likely achievement above what used to be called the glass ceiling.