Anita Sarkeesian Makes Time’s 100 Most Influential People List
Anita Sarkeesian is known as many things, but today Time gave her one more thing to be known as: one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world.
It's that time of year again where Time brings out its 100 Most Influential People list, which reveals who left the biggest marks of 2014. This year, everyone is going nuts because yet another video game personality has made it on the list, and this time it's Anita Sarkeesian. Previous game-related faces who have made it on Time's Most Influential People lists in the past include Nintendo's legendary creator Shigeru Miyamoto in 2007 and Minecraft's developers Jens Bergensten and Markus Persson in 2013.
This year, Sarkeesian has made it into the pioneer section of Time's 100 Most Influential People for her accolades in fighting sexism in the gaming industry, which Wil Wheaton (of Big Bang Theory fame) elegantly explains in his description of her:
Anita Sarkeesian has played video games her whole life. In 2012, after observing that women represent about 40% of the gaming audience, she launched a crowdfunding campaign for Tropes vs. Women in Video Games... She hit her goal of $6,000 on the first day and ultimately raised more than $150,000. But she also became the target of vicious, misogynist harassment that included death and rape threats, pornographic vandalism of her Wikipedia page and a coordinated effort to have her Kickstarter flagged as terrorism. All of this because she wanted to have a conversation about the way women are portrayed in video games.
Wheaton goes on to mention that Sarkeesian is not only a target in Gamergate, but also a feminist who refuses to back down from her podium despite everything that is thrown at her. With her unending devotion to making sure "that video games are inclusive and representative of everyone who plays them," she deserves the spot she got in Time's Top 100. Plus, this isn't the first time Sarkeesian has made it onto a Time list, with her debut being on their 30 Most Influential People on the Internet list.
Sarkeesian sits in the Pioneer portion of Time's 100 Most Influential People list alongside Martin Blaser, a miccrobiologist who is on a war against the overuse of antibiotics, and Tom Catena, who runs a hospital in Sudan where he treats as many people as he can get his hands on, despite the wars going on around him.