Fortune magazine has released its list of the World's Greatest Leaders for 2018, and topping the liberal list is the protesting students of Parkland.
If 2018 becomes the year that the United States finally begins to tackle its disease of gun violence—an epidemic that steals nearly 100 American lives every day—it will be due not to the good sense of elected officials, but rather to the courage, tenacity, and sheer eloquence of students like Emma González, who bore witness to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings with an unforgettable speech, and long moment of silence, at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C.
It will be due to 11th-graders like Cameron Kasky, who along with Stoneman Douglas classmates Jaclyn Corin and Alex Wind launched the #NeverAgain crusade and helped plan the historic rally in Washington, which was mirrored by gatherings around the world.
Yes, using inanimate objects is a disease according to Fortune and the students may lead the U.S. to begin tackling it.
Knocking Pope Francis out of the coveted #3 spot that he held on the Fortune list last year, is the #metoo movement.
Activist Tarana Burke began using the phrase “Me Too” in 2006 to describe the pervasiveness of sexual abuse. Today, there’s no single face or leader of the #MeToo movement—in large part because more people than ever know that harassment in the workplace is universal. The women who have come forward to tell their stories have ousted powerful executives such as Harvey Weinstein, Steve Wynn, and Michael Ferro. The ensuing reckoning is forcing leaders in every industry, not just media and entertainment, to change their way of thinking.
My guess is the stellar track record of this Fortune list will continue. Who could forget Samantha Bee making the top 20 last year (she seemed to have dropped off rather quickly)? Black Lives Matters making the list in 2015 and 2016 is forever engrained in our minds, isn’t it? And of course, everyone remembers when Deray McKesson and Johnetta Elzie made the list in 2015 (you know, the prominent Ferguson protestors who rallied crowds…wait you don’t?)
All just some examples of the “the leaders who are using their power and influence to make the world a better place,” according to Fortune.