Time magazine has included Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, to the 2018 Time 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The list, now in its 15th year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. The Time tribute to Rep. Waters, written by Yara Shahidi, is below:
“Congresswoman Maxine Waters of the 43rd District of California, a.k.a. Auntie Maxine, has made my generation proud to be nieces and nephews. She is adored and admired by people who care about social justice and is oh so eloquent in letting the world, particularly the white men of Congress who dare test her acumen, know that she is not here for any nonsense. From ‘reclaiming my time” to leading a movement to ‘impeach him,’ she says what many of us are thinking. And she reminds us that we are worthy of any space we occupy.
You would think that 41 years of public service would make Congresswoman Waters tired, but her laser focus is unmatched. When other policymakers criminalize protests, she is there, verbalizing our pain. She fights for funding to support neglected communities. And she takes to Twitter to raise her voice on our behalf, whether or not Congress is in session. In this time of sociopolitical unrest, Congresswoman Waters has been the brilliant, tenacious representative of the people that we all need.
She’s not new to it, she’s true to it.”
Time’s annual list of the world’s most influential people is a designation of individuals whose time, in our estimation, is now. The full list and related tributes will appear in the April 30, 2018 issue of Time.