Mayor Warren Named to Essence “Woke 100 Women” List!

Mayor Lovely Warren isn’t just changing Rochester but she is setting the bar of excellence high for our entire community,” notes in praise of Rochester’s First Lady.”

A leader, a listener, a champion for change and progress, a visionary, and with her unwavering passion for this community to thrive and not just survive is what landed her in Essence Magazine as one of the Woke 100 Women!

For the second year in a row, ESSENCE honors the women who are proven change agents, shape-shifters and power players across the nation and beyond. These women continuously fight the good fight by inspiring us and igniting movements—from the healthcare field to the Hill to Hollywood.

The women on this list represent a vast spectrum of excellence: From #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke to Black Panther costume designer Ruth Carter; from corporate women shattering glass ceilings to the countless women dismantling white supremacy. These women consistently leave their mark on the on their respective communities and industries.

On the meaning of the term woke Warren said, “It means take nothing for granted, that you are a part of the change you want to see. And staying woke means to wake up and realize that no one else is going to do this for you—you have to get out there and do the work. You have to want to climb that stairway. There’s no sitting on the sidelines for this.”

“I am proud of the work we are doing create more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities.,” she said told the Democrat and Chronicle.” To effect meaningful change, I know that it’s important to be ‘woke’ to the inequities and disparities that plague many of our residents,” she said.

“Being included in this list shows that the country is watching what is happening here in Rochester – that we are following in the footsteps of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass and continuing to stand up for what is right and what is just.”

The list appears in the May 2018 issue of Essence, Congratulations Mayor Warren on an honor much deserved!