Three Trinity Alumnae Named to Forbes Magazine List of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women”

Three Trinity graduates were named to Forbes magazine’s list of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women”: Speaker of the House Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi ’62 (#11), Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Gilligan Sebelius ’70 (#23) and Hearst Magazines Chair Cathleen Black ’66 (#67). The list, which leads with First Lady Michelle Obama and includes Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and media mogul Oprah Winfrey, was published in the October 2010 issue of the magazine. The list includes women leaders in politics, business, media and philanthropy.

“The first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Pelosi is the highest-ranking female politician in U.S. history, second in line to the presidency,” notes Forbes. The magazine credits Pelosi’s leadership in the passage of “most of the bills brought by the Obama administration, including the health care overhaul, Wall Street regulations and unemployment benefits extensions. Next up on the economic agenda: tax changes and infrastructure development.”  She is ranked #4 in the politics category.


According to Forbes, “Sebelius‘s top priority is the implementation of the sweeping health care reform law passed in March. Responsible for roughly 1,300 provisions in the law, she will decide the smallest details, such as distributing wellness grants to small businesses, to the largest, like defining what constitutes ‘essential’ health care. She has some help; the agency’s budget was boosted to $911 billion in 2011, an increase of $51 billion from the previous year. In September she and First Lady Michelle Obama launched a national fitness challenge to encourage Americans to engage in regular physical activity. Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, is the daughter of former Ohio governor, John Gilligan, making them the first father-daughter pair to hold governor positions.”  She is ranked #9 in the politics category.
“In June, Black was promoted from president to chairman of Hearst Magazines,” writes Forbes. “According to MRI [Mediamark Research & Intelligence], Hearst is a leader in the monthly magazine category, with a total readership of 73 million. Black is also leading innovation online. She is working toward revitalizing Hearst’s long-neglected websites for titles like Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan.  Black sits on the boards of IBM and the Coca Cola Company.”  She is ranked #12 in the media category.