Last year, the Women of Color list provoked a lively and thoughtful debate about how to define "woman of color." AfterEllen.com founder Sarah Warn weighed in on the discussion with the following comment:
She also explained, "The goal of this list is to highlight women who don’t get as much visibility or media attention in the U.S. because of their (perceived or actual) race, since the U.S. media and entertainment machine tends to focus on and preference white women."
Since the need for that visibility still exists, we kept the Women of Color list, along with the Women Over 40 and Out Women lists, again this year.
The women who made this list were chosen by reader votes, and those choices likely continue to reflect the "broad, complicated, evolving, and often contradictory" nature of that term.
The Top 20 Women of Color in 2010 as chosen by the readers are:
2. Sara Ramirez