Girl Power: Top Ten Behind-the-Scenes Power Players

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  • Queen Latifah
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Kasi Lemmons
  • Ava DuVernay
  • Debra Lee
  • Mara Brock Akil, Debra Lee
  • Mara Brock Akil
  • Shonda Rhimes
  • Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Oprah Winfrey

Quite possibly the most influential woman in the world, Winfrey has built a staunchly loyal following of women — and a multi-billion dollar empire! — over the past three decades. In 2010, Winfrey took the biggest risk of her career by launching her own network.  After a rocky start, Winfrey turned things around as only she can, proving that the "Oprah effect" is still in effect.

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