Editor’s Letter: This year, women are speaking truth to power.

As I sit down to write this letter, I can’t help but feel a sense of excitement buzzing in the air. It’s palpable, isn’t it? That electric energy comes when women from all walks of life unite, raise their voices in unison, and speak truth to power.


Beyonce once spoke of her vision—a community where women of all races unite, share their secrets and lift each other up. Since our founding in 1937, Marie Claire has been at the forefront of advocating for women’s empowerment and unity. Today, this commitment is stronger and more vital than ever, continually evolving to meet the challenges and opportunities facing women worldwide.


In celebration of women’s remarkable resilience and to further amplify their voices, I am excited to unveil The Power Issue. This edition not only heralds the launch of The Guardian Woman Festival, an annual celebration, but also stands as a tribute to the indomitable spirit of women globally who are forging communities, breaking through barriers, and boldly shaping the world in their image.


From the glittering lights of the Grammys, where female artists took centre stage and made history, to the pages of our magazine, where we shine a spotlight on remarkable women from all corners of the globe, our mission is clear: to salute the unstoppable force that is womanhood.


While we take pride in the progress achieved, remaining focused on the journey ahead is crucial. Celebrating our victories is essential, but recognising the challenges that persist is equally critical. We have significant strides to make in closing the gender gap in Africa and breaking through the glass ceilings in boardrooms and beyond. The path forward requires continuous effort and dedication to achieve equality and empowerment for all women.


So, as we dive into the stories and journeys of the incredible women featured in this issue, let’s also reflect on what it means to wield power responsibly. Let’s lift each other up, support one another’s dreams, and continue to push for a world where every woman has the opportunity to thrive.


Here’s to the trailblazers, the changemakers, and the fierce souls who refuse to be silenced. May we continue to speak truth to power today and every day.