20 Women Leaders in Media, Marketing and Advertising on the Ultimate Power Meal

Their dream dinner-party guests are a surprising, inspiring who’s who of female achievement

As part of this year’s Women Trailblazers issue, we asked our honorees to pick four iconoclastic women from throughout history who they would invite to a dinner party—and to imagine what the conversation would be like. Several names came up more than once, including Michelle Obama, Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a certain Celtic queen. A number of pop stars received enthusiastic endorsements. And there were quite a few would-be guests who were or are just as outstanding but are less known. Two of them are legendary for either dressing like a man or claiming the privileges and rights of one when polite parlor conversation, pretty curls and rosy cheeks were the highest expectations for women. Have we come a long way, baby? It depends on who you ask and how you define “long way.” For now, let’s dive into these dream-team dinner parties, where the sky is the only limit, and even that is up for debate…