- By Darren Thompson
On Wednesday, Forbes Magazine hosted an event with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden in New York City honoring the women chosen for its inaugural list of “50 Over 50—Women of Impact”. Of the 50 chosen, two Indigenous women were chosen as part of the inaugural listing of entrepreneurs, leaders and creators—Winona LaDuke and Dr. Margaret Moss—out of more than 10,000 submissions.
Winona LaDuke is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, where she lives and works on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota. She founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project in 1989, which aims to buy land back from land acquired by non-Natives on the reservation. She also founded Honor the Earth in 1993. Her leadership has opened doors for many women and Indigenous people, and has taken environmental activism to international headlines.
“I’m honored to be considered among powerful and courageous women,” LaDuke told Native News Online. “Women are making good changes in the world and women’s leadership is finally being valued.”
Dr. Margaret Moss is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota. She’s a trained lawyer with a PhD in Nursing and an associate professor at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Moss is the first and only American Indian to hold both nursing and juris doctorates. In 2014, she accepted an American Fulbright Scholar Award and researched solutions to healthcare disparities faced by aboriginal people in Canada. In 2015, she published the first nursing textbook focused on providing care for American Indian patients.
The 50 Over 50 platform, in partnership with Mika Brzezinski’s “Know Your Value”, is dedicated to shine a light on women over the age of 50 who have achieved significant success later in life, overcoming formidable odds or barriers. According to Forbes, the members of the 50 Over 50 are founding and running multi-million companies, leading movements, and changing the world. They’re working across all sectors of the American economy—venture capital, education, politics, major league sports and more.
“The 50 Over 50: Impact 50 list showcases women who are making a lasting difference in our world through their leadership, innovations and creativity,” said Maggie McGrath, Editor of ForbesWomen in a statement. “After receiving over 10,000 nominations for the 50 Over 50 list, we saw further opportunity to tell the stories of these women and the ways in which they are driving positive change in their industries and within their communities.”
Other women recognized include Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States; Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N;, Judith Spitz, Founder and Executive Director, Break Through Tech; Ala Stanford, Founder, Black Doctors Covid Consortium; Val Demmings, Congresswoman, Florida's 10th district; Debi Brooks, Cofounder and CEO, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research; Hali Lee, Founder, Asian Woman Giving Circle; and many more.
More Stories Like ThisWomen of Indian Country Respond to the Overturning of Roe v. Wade
Native News Weekly (June 26, 2022): D.C. Briefs
Native Bidaské with Connie Johnson, Candidate in Oklahoma's Gubernatorial Primary
President Biden Signs New Gun Law Aimed to Keep Guns Away from Dangerous People
Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade, Indian Country Responds
Do you appreciate a Native perspective on the news?
For the past decade-plus, we’ve covered the important Indigenous stories that are often overlooked by other media. From the protests at Standing Rock and the toppling of colonizer statues during the racial equity protests, to the ongoing epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the past-due reckoning related to assimilation, cultural genocide and Indian Boarding Schools, we have been there to provide a Native perspective and elevate Native voices.
Our news is free for everyone to read, but it is not free to produce. That’s why we’re asking you to make a donation this month to help support our efforts. Any contribution — big or small — helps us remain a force for change in Indian Country and continue telling the stories that are so often ignored, erased or overlooked. Most often, our donors make a one-time gift of $20 or more, while many choose to make a recurring monthly donation of $5 or $10. Whatever you can do, it helps fund our Indigenous-led newsroom and our ability to cover Native news.
Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you.