Sports Illustrated Recognizes the Most Powerful, Most Influential and Most Outstanding Women in Sports Right Now


Sports Illustrated releases The Unrelenting List honoring women in sport who are speaking out, setting the bar and making a difference. On the list of honorees, you will find athletes, activists, executives, coaches and more. Women from different walks of life, diverse backgrounds, and a variety of sports, but all changing the game in their own way!

As an organization dedicated to championing women in sport we know the importance of recognizing women making strides in the industry and world. The women on this list are dynamic, relentless. powerful, influential and true gamechangers.

  • Billie Jean King – Tennis Legend and Social Activist
  • Naomi Osaka – WTA World No. 3 and three time Grand Slam Champion
  • Maya Moore – Minnesota Lynx Forward
  • Michele Roberts – Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association
  • Simone Biles – U.S. Gymnast
  • Terri Jackson – Executive Director, Women National Basketball Players Association
  • Jennifer Cohen – Athletic Director, University of Washington
  • Sandy Barbour – Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics, Pennsylvania State University
  • Heather Lyke – Athletic Director, University of Pittsburgh
  • Carla Williams – Athletic Director, University of Virginia
  • Candice Storey Lee – Athletic Director, Vanderbilt University
  • Nneka Ogwumike – Los Angeles Sparks Forward
  • Megan Rapinoe – USWNT, OL Reign
  • Lisa Joseph Metelus – Executive, CAA Sports and CAA Board Member
  • Crystal Dunn – USWNT, North Carolina Courage
  • Doris Burke – Analyst and Broadcaster, ESPN
  • Alysia Montaño – U.S. Olympian, Track and Field
  • Alyssa Nakken – Assistant Coach, San Francisco Giants
  • Coco Gauff – WTA No. 51
  • Julie Donaldson – Senior Vice President of Media, Washington Football Team
  • Ada Hegerberg – Olympique Lyonnais Forward
  • Kim Davis – Senior Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives and Legislative Affairs, NHL
  • Natasha Cloud – Washington Mystics Point Guard
  • Jessica Berman – Deputy Commissioner and Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, National Lacrosse League
  • Serena Williams – WTA World No.3
  • Blake Bolden – Pro Scout, L.A. Kings, and U.S. Ice Hockey Player
  • A’ja Wilson – Las Vegas Aces Forward
  • Samantha Gordon – Viral Football Star and Activist
  • Allyson Felix – Four-time Olympian, Track and Field
  • Cat Osterman, Jessica Warren, Victoria Hayward and Erika Piancastelli – Athletes Unlimited Softball Captains
  • Samantha Rapoport – Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion, NFL
  • Hilary Knight – U.S. Ice Hockey Player, Three-time Olympic Medalist
  • Nicole Lynn – NFL and NBA Agent and Lawyer, Young Money APAA Sports
  • Courtney Dauwalter – Ultramarathon Runner
  • Becky Hammon – Assistant Coach, San Antonio Spurs
  • Simone Manuel – U.S. Swimmer and Four-time Olympic Medalist
  • Keia Clarke – Chief Executive Officer, New York Liberty
  • Kendall Coyne Schofield – U.S. Ice Hockey Player, Two-time Olympic Medalist
  • Muffet McGraw – Former Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Notre Dame
  • Lisa Baird – NWSL Commissioner
  • Brenda Tracy – Founder of Set the Expectation
  • Niele Ivey – Current Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Notre Dame
  • Cheryl Reeve – Minnesota Lynx Head Coach and General Manage
  • Candace Parker – Los Angeles Sparks Forward and TV Analyst, TNT
  • Laura Okmin – Fox Sports Broadcaster and Founder of Galvanize
  • Mikaela Shiffrin – U.S. Alpine Skier, Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Odessa Jenkins – Cofounder, Women’s National Football Conference
  • Nancy Hogshead-Makar – Olympic Swimmer, Civil Rights Lawyer and CEO of Champion Women
  • Dany Garcia – Chairwoman, The Garcia Companies
  • Johanna Faries – Commissioner, Call of Duty Esports

Whether you are familiar with the names on the list or not, these women are powerful in their pursuits, breaking barriers and making strides for women in and out of sports. To view the full story on all of these outstanding women, visit .

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