According to Ebony Magazine, the Power 100 celebrates "the shakers and innovators who elevate the game for us all." In honoring Rupert, Ebony cites her federal policy work and identifies her as a "staunch advocate" for advancements in housing, family policy, health, and employment for LGBT people. The article also applauds her lobbying against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), contributing to President Obama's decision to no longer defend DOMA in federal court.
The Power 100 honorees--including President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder--were selected for shaping the world in new and different ways. Their work, which they must have accomplished in the last year, is described as being so exciting and powerful that it demands to be recognized.
This is the second time in two months that Rupert has been honored for her work by national media. In October, Rupert was named one of the nation's 100 most influential black leaders under 45 by The Root, an online news site that provides commentary from a black perspective.
Maya's office is just down the hallway from Jerame's. Whenever I go visit him at work, I always try to stop by and tell her hello. She's one helluva lunch date and she'd be on my Top Howevermany list too. She's number one in my book.