Oprah's Mag Puts New Twist on Power List

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 14, 2009 2:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – Nobody’s No. 1 on O, the Oprah Magazine’s inaugural “Power List.” Indeed, no one’s any other number either.  “Power can be so many things,” the editors reason, so they’re honoring women who are powerful in different ways. A sampling:

  • The Power of Loud: Anna Deavere Smith: Her one-woman plays are “a form of theater unto themselves, brilliantly conjuring the voices of real people.”

  • The Power of Female Strength: Venus Williams: Proves that “beauty and brawn aren’t mutually exclusive.”
  • The Power of Ambition: Donna Brazile: The first African-American woman to manage a major presidential campaign (Al Gore’s), Brazile is a world-class political analyst and “force of nature.”
  • The Power of Transgression: Sarah Silverman: Her comedy “buzzes and sparks with the thrill of the unsayable.”
To see the full list, click the link below.

Venus Williams returns to Marion Bartoli, of France, during the final of the Bank of the West tennis tournament in Stanford, Calif., last week.
Venus Williams returns to Marion Bartoli, of France, during the final of the Bank of the West tennis tournament in Stanford, Calif., last week.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey arrives at the Art Institute of Chicago for a dinner in honor of the International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Committee in Chicago earlier this year.
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey arrives at the Art Institute of Chicago for a dinner in honor of the International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Committee in Chicago earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Actress and playright Anna Deavere Smith arrives for the 2007 Matrix Awards, presented by the New York Women in Communications, Inc., in  New York.
Actress and playright Anna Deavere Smith arrives for the 2007 Matrix Awards, presented by the New York Women in Communications, Inc., in New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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