Beyoncé Tops List of 50 Most Powerful Moms

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Working Mother has released its Most Powerful Moms list just in time for Mother's Day. And in addition to a cadre of famous names ranging from Beyoncé at No. 1 to Marissa Mayer at No. 27, the magazine spotlights four women in advertising and media. 

Editorial director Jennifer Owens said the project began seven years ago in blocks—Most Powerful Moms in Congress, Most Powerful Moms in STEM—before becoming one annual megalist in 2012.

"Working Mother has been around for 35 years, and it’s always looked at women who are devoted to both their families and their careers," she said. "The list is a reflection of that."

This year, the magazine selected 50 moms in eight categories: Arts/Entertainment; Fashion/Tastemakers; Finance/Business; News/Media/Advertising; Philanthropy, Politics; Retail/Manufacturing; and Tech/Science.

"We have chosen women with at least one child under age 18 who, along with obvious power, share many markers: mental and emotional strength, career courage, the ability to inspire, love of family and the passion to better the world," Owens explained. "It’s a fitting tribute at a time when we celebrate moms everywhere."

Of course, lists like these beg the question, why no roundups of powerful dads? "Do I really have to answer that?" Owens said with a laugh. "OK, because it’s not unusual for men to be in a position of power. Men never get asked about work-life balance. Women are the news here, not men."

Many familiar faces grace the list. The tastemaker category lauds Jenna Lyons, creative director and president of J. Crew, along with Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan and editorial director of Seventeen. (Lyons has an 8-year-old son, Beckett, and Coles has two teenage sons, Thomas, 16 and Hugo, 14.)

No power-mom list would be complete without Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. She was honored in the tech category with Facebook COO and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg (whose husband passed away suddenly last week).

See which media and advertising leaders also made the competitive roundup:


@aneyafernando aneya.fernando@adweek.com Aneya Fernando is digital projects manager at Adweek.
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