Two Trinity graduates were named to Forbes magazine’s list of the “Worlds’ 100 most powerful Women”: Speaker of the House Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi ’62 and Hearst Magazines publisher Cathleen Black ’66. The list, which leads with Angela Merkel, the first woman to become chancellor of Germany, and includes Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, was published in the September 2007 issue of the magazine. The list includes women leaders ins politics, business, media and philanthropy.
About Pelosi, Forbes notes that “Pelosi made history as the first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives when the Democrats reclaimed control of the U.S. Congress in last fall’s midterm elections, a victory largely due to dissatisfaction with the Iraq war and a scandal-plagued Republican-led Congress. Pelosi is now the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government, the first woman to be third in line to the U.S. presidency.”
“As head of Hearst Magazines, one of the world’s largest publishers of monthly magazines, Black oversees 200 international editions in more than 100 countries,” notes Forbes magazine. “Enough to keep anyone busy, but 2007 has been notably hectic for Black with the publication of her book, “Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life),” with tips and insights from business notables such as Rupert Murdoch and Oprah Winfrey. Black is known as “The First Lady of American Magazines,” having made history as the first woman publisher of a weekly consumer magazine, New York Magazine. Black also turned USA Today into a success story, where she was both president and publisher. Titles under her watch include Hearst’s recent launch of its first weekly in the U.S., Quick & Simple, along with heavyweight titles like Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping and O, The Oprah Magazine, which was number one on Adweek’s Hot List last year. International development is now key at Hearst, along with expanding its magazines’ presence on the Internet.”