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The Time 100 Members You May Not Already Know

By Jodi Smith | Social Media | April 20, 2017 |

By Jodi Smith | Social Media | April 20, 2017 |

The Time 100 is a list of the most influential people in a given year. Somehow the newest list is already for 2017, but whatever. The list is broken down into Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, Titans, and Icons and each person on the list has a blurb written about them by someone most of us know. For instance, Dickface Babyhands made the Leaders list and his blurb was penned by Paul “Shitty Healthcare Bro” Ryan.

The list has many, many recognizable people from sports, media, politics, and pop culture. There are also some names unfamiliar to me on the list, so I thought I would highlight a few of them.

Gavin Grimm, Activist

Now 17, Gavin is the cherubic face of a reductive, dirty debate about trans people’s right to exist in public spaces without hostility, harassment and violence. His case, which remains ongoing in Virginia, has implications that extend far beyond bathrooms. It’s about a greater sense of belonging for us all—at school, at home and in our neighborhoods and places of work and worship. - Janet Mock

Celina Turchi, Scientist

Turchi’s studies were part of an emergency investigation that ultimately proved that Zika does indeed cause microcephaly—something many skeptics doubted. There is still much we don’t know about Zika: why some exposed infants get microcephaly and others don’t; what proportion of normal-appearing infected babies will have developmental problems; and, most important, how to prevent Zika-associated neurological damage. Her work and partnership with other scientists is bringing the world closer to answering those and other crucial questions. - Tom Frieden

Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani CEO

Hamdi Ulukaya puts the xenophobes to shame. At a time when some accuse immigrants of stealing jobs, the Chobani CEO—a Kurd born in Turkey who moved to the U.S. in 1994—is creating them, big time. He transformed a shuttered factory into a flourishing yogurt company that now employs people in places where jobs have been scarce, such as south-central Idaho and upstate New York. He even shares the wealth, offering employees an equity stake in the company. - Kenneth Roth

Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour, Activists

And [The Women’s March] happened because four extraordinary women—Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour—had the courage to take on something big, important and urgent, and never gave up. Because of their hard work, millions of people got off the sidelines, raised their voices and marched. - Kirstin Gillibrand

Colson Whitehead, Author

Although the struggle continues and our challenges are not behind us, the brilliance of his vision is that he reminds us that, like his heroine Cora, we can never give up hope, can never stop trying. - Oprah Winfrey

Kerry James Marshall, Artist

As the rest of the world learned through the stunning retro­spective exhibition “Mastry,” Kerry’s narrative paintings are direct, bold and in-your-face views of moments in our lives, and they cannot be ignored. Black is his dominant color, and his persistent, consistent and masterful use of it, in all its palettes, defines, engages and draws countless viewers to each creation. He forces people to assess the American experi­ence through the black experience. - Grant Hill

Bernard J. Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente

During his tenure, Bernard has focused on public health and preventive care, rather than just treating disease, seeking to provide high-quality, affordable, accessible health care to all of its members. And from his position of considerable influence, he has brought an often overlooked aspect of medicine to the forefront: mental and emotional health. - John Lewis

Jeanette Vizguerra, Activist

Jeanette moved to the U.S. to be a janitor, working as an outspoken union organizer and building her own company before becoming an advocate for immigration reform—a bold and risky thing for an undocumented immigrant. After fighting off deportation for eight years, she decided to go public with her story and sought refuge in the basement of a Denver church. - America Ferrara

The header is Viola Davis, who you do know and is on the list.

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.