NOW Honors Women on the Frontline of Progress

Press Releases / December 8, 2021

Top business leaders receive 2021 Women of Power & Influence Award


New York, NY — On Thursday, December 9, 2021, the National Organization for Women hosted its annual Women of Power & Influence Awards honoring the achievements of three extraordinary women who have redefined leadership during one of the most challenging business and political climates in our lifetimes.

From the Fortune 500 and the halls of Congress, to the fast-emerging world of femtech, this year’s awardees have broken barriers across industries and have left an indelible mark on progress for women, communities of color, and the next generation.

The National Organization for Women proudly honored:

  • Anne Chow, Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Business
  • Carolyn B. Maloney, US House of Representatives
  • Liz Meyerdirk, Chief Executive Officer of The Pill Club

“In a world that has been upended by a pandemic, this year’s awardees are shining examples of resilient and courageous leadership. We are proud to spotlight their outstanding achievements in driving forward innovation, redefining workplaces, and inspiring the next generation of leaders,” said NOW-NYC Executive Director Sonia Ossorio.

The 2021 awardees join the Women of Power & Influence Network, a group of the leading women in business who have been honored by the National Organization for Women for their visionary leadership. Past luminaries include Dr. Janet Yellen, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury; Loretta Lynch, former U.S. Attorney General; Lara Abrash, CEO of Deloitte & Touche; Kimberley D. Harris, General Counsel at NBCUniversal; Linda Findley Kozlowski, President & CEO of Blue Apron; and MSNBC News Host Rachel Maddow.

About the 2021 honorees:

*Anne Chow is the CEO of AT&T Business. With a long history of breaking glass ceilings, she is the first woman to hold the position, and is the first woman of color CEO in AT&T history. Anne leads the $35 billion division of the global telecom giant, overseeing 30,000 employees, serving nearly 3 million business customers worldwide. A champion for women, Anne has spearheaded efforts that have increased the representation of women and people of color in leadership, and is co-author of the book “The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias”.

*Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney is recognized as one of the most effective lawmakers in Congress and a leading champion for women. At a time when reproductive healthcare is at stake, she is leading the charge to safeguard access to birth control and pushing forward the Equal Rights Amendment. The first woman to give birth while serving in Congress, she is also a prominent leader on national security and the financial markets, strengthening protections for consumers and improving oversight of the banking industry.

*Liz Meyerdirk is the CEO of The Pill Club, a digital health company that has revolutionized the way women across the country access contraception and empowers them to lead their healthiest lives. The former Uber Eats executive has made The Pill Club a leader in the fast-growing telehealth industry through the company’s edgy brand and a state-of-the-art prescription distribution system. Ensuring that access to contraceptive health care continues to be readily available is a top priority for Liz as she leads the company to expand its reach.

NOW-NYC advocates for laws that defend our rights and break barriers for women and girls. We work to advance economic opportunity and fairness in the workplace, protect and expand reproductive rights, and strengthen our criminal justice system for victims of gender-based violence.


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