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Time magazine inaugurates Women’s History Month with its selection of Women of the Year. The list includes twelve women who fight for a more inclusive and equitable world. Among them is our beloved Michaela Jaé Rodriguez.

Since 1999, Time magazine has published its famous Person of the Year, previously known as “Man of the Year.” It was not until 2020 that the magazine decided to publish a list of the 100 most influential women of the year to try and make amends with the lack of female recognition the publication has had since 1920. 

This year, Time recognizes twelve women who have contributed to the world and society in their own way; journalists, actresses, activists, and women entrepreneurs who strive every day to become part of the change the world needs.

Actress Kerry Washington, journalist Zahra Joya, poet Amanda Gorman, lawyer Amal Clooney, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez are just some of the incredible women part of the list.

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez becomes a role model

The 31-year-old actress and singer, who identifies as an Afro-Latina Trans woman, made history last January by becoming the first transgender actress to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She was also nominated for an Emmy Award in the lead category for her role as Blanca Evangelista in the FX series Pose. The famous series remembers the ballroom dancing scene in New York during the ’80s and ’90s and is the first ever to cast and accurately represent the transgender community in the history of TV.

Her passion for acting has been present in her life since she was a little girl. Rodriguez attended performing arts schools in Newark, N.J., then decided to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she stayed for a year. Rodriguez got her big break with “Pose” in 2017, a role that brought her well-deserved acclaim and that transformed her into an inspiration for thousands of trans people, who, like her, didn’t see themselves represented or have a role model in the film and television industry.

For Rodriguez, the fact that important awards have recognized her and that her work as an actress has been valued has been a significant change in her life. It has marked the beginning of a new era in which inclusivity becomes a fact and is no longer a fantasy for all Latinas and trans people. Little by little, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez has become the representation she longed to have in the LGBTQI community when she was younger.

In addition to more acting work, Rodriguez’s future looks very promising with the release of her EP “Something to Say.” We are in awe of the many talents of this remarkable woman. Rodriguez’s contribution and accomplishments have shown the world and the Latine community that it is possible to fight for a more equitable and inclusive world.