News NYC's most influential women By CAROLINE LINTON Updated March 8, 2014 2:50 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email We rounded up some of the city's biggest female movers-and-shakers. A few are government bigwigs, others media influencers or fashion icons, but these eclectic leading ladies all have one thing in common: they're living proof that girl power in the Big Apple is a force to be reckoned with. Melissa Mark-Viverito Photo Credit: Anthony Lanzilote Melissa Mark-Viverito, who represents the South Bronx, is the speaker of the New York City Council, the position once held by Christine Quinn. Mark-Viverito is the first Puerto Rican and Latina woman to hold the role. Chirlane McCray Photo Credit: Getty Images Chirlane McCray, the first lady of the city, was recently appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to head the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, a nonprofit organization. Letitia James Photo Credit: Charles Eckert Letitia James, of Brooklyn, is the public advocate of New York, the position formerly held by Mayor Bill de Blasio. In the three-way primary for the position, she beat Daniel Squadron and Reshma Saujani, despite lagging behind them in fundraising. She has spent her entire career in public service. Carmen Fariña Photo Credit: Charles Eckert New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio as he took office in 2014. She was previously a teacher, principal and superintendent in Brooklyn -- and is now involved in many of the city's most controversial education decisions, including the future of charter schools and universal pre-K in NYC. Janette Sadik-Khan Photo Credit: Jefferson Siegel Janette Sadik-Khan served as the Transportation Commissioner under the Bloomberg administration, and has been credited with creating the bike-sharing program as well as 57 new public plazas. She is at Bloomberg Associates, working to increase awareness worldwide about biking lanes and pedestrian plazas. Reshma Saujani Former Deputy Public Advocate Reshma Saujani is the founder of Girls Who Code, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing more women to the tech industry. The first Indian-American woman to run for Congress, Saujani is also the author of "Women Who Don't Wait in Line," which calls for more female leadership. Helen Clark Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Sia Kambou Helen Clark, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, is the head of the United Nations Development Programme. The first woman to hold the post, she could become the first woman to be the secretary-general of the U.N. Jill Abramson Photo Credit: Getty Images / Brad Barket Jill Abramson is the first woman to hold the top editorial position at The New York Times in the paper's 160-year history. In 2013, under her tenure, the Times won four Pulitzer Prizes, the biggest haul of any journalistic outfit. According to some reports, when negotiating Nate Silver's contract, she told his lawyer The New York Times is "always the prettiest girl at the party." Katie Couric Photo Credit: Getty Images The first solo female nightly news anchor, Couric announced in 2013 that she would be working as a global anchor for the redesigned Yahoo News. She makes a reported $6 million a year at Yahoo, where her first interview with Robert Gates aired in January 2014. Tina Brown Photo Credit: Getty Kris Connor Tina Brown left The Daily Beast in 2012 to pursue Tina Brown Live, with the signature conference Women in the World, focused on advancing women and girls. The former editor of Newsweek, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair, Brown is also the author of "The Diana Chronicles." Anna Wintour Photo Credit: Getty Images Anna Wintour is the editor-in-chief of Vogue and the artistic director of Conde Nast. Her influence on the fashion world is legendary, and she jump-started the careers of Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and more. In 2012, she was one of President Obama's biggest campaign bundlers, bringing in more than $5 million since 2007--enough to warrant rumors she would get an ambassador post. Carole Radziwill Photo Credit: Bravo/Michael Rosenthal Carole Radziwill, the daughter-in-law of Jacqueline Kennedy's sister Lee Radziwill, is an Emmy-winning journalist who reported from Israel during the Gulf War and Khandahar during the War on Afghanistan. She has produced documentaries on abortion, foreign policy and gun control, and wrote a poignant memoir after her husband lost his battle with cancer. She joined Bravo's "Real Housewives of New York City" in 2011. Rachel Sklar Photo Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Marie Claire Rachel Sklar is the founder of TheLi.st and Change the Ratio, both of which strive for more women in technology and new media. She is also a founding editor from Mediate, and the founding media editor at The Huffington Post. Andrea Miller Photo Credit: Courtesy of Andrea Miller Andrea Miller is the president of NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health. Most recently, NARAL has begun a pre-emptive attack on Rob Astorino's candidacy for governor. Jessica Greer Morris Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chelsea Lauren Jessica Greer Morris is the executive director and co-founder of Girl Be Heard, a theater group that encourages female empowerment through performance. She told Self magazine in 2013 that she hopes for a "world where girls can realize their potential and rise above circumstances." Sharon Kleinbaum Photo Credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images Sharon Kleinbaum, left, is the openly gay senior rabbi of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the city's LGBTQ synagogue. A longtime confidant of former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Kleinbaum was tapped by Mayor Bill de Blasio for his transition team in 2013. Iris Apfel Photo Credit: Getty Images / Brad Barket Iris Apfel, 92, is one of the world's most famous fashion icons and a self-proclaimed "rare bird." In 2005, her wardrobe inspired an exhibit at the Met Costume Gala that featured over 40 pieces from her own personal collection. The secret, she told Newsweek in 2013, is "attitude, attitude, attitude." Tina Fey Photo Credit: Getty Images Tina Fey, creator of the "30 Rock," writer of "Mean Girls" and first female head writer for "Saturday Night Live," teaches us that women can be both funny and powerful. "Do your thing and don't care if they like it," is just one of the important pieces of advice she gives in her 2012 book, "Bossypants." We'll see her on-screen next in "Muppets Most Wanted." Kate McKinnon Photo Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Buffalo David Bitton One of "Saturday Night Live's" additions in 2012, Kate McKinnon has been called "the future" of the sketch comedy show. McKinnon, who is the show's first openly gay cast member, was named by Forbes as one of the "30 under 30" for entertainment in 2013. Elaine Stritch Photo Credit: Getty Images/Robin Marchant Broadway icon Elaine Stritch is as sassy as she is talented-- she's one of the only women who can get away with dropping the f bomb on television. "If you say things naturally, it's fine!" she insists. Stritch, 89, will now be starring in a documentary about her life, called "Shoot Me." Caroline Wozniacki Photo Credit: Getty Caroline Wozniacki, originally from Denmark, is currently ranked No. 12 by the Women's Tennis Association, although she has yet to win a Grand Slam title. A resident of Monaco, Wozniacki bought two apartments in Union Square in 2011. In 2012, coming off her 67 weeks atop the WTA rankings, Forbes named her the fourth-highest earning female athlete in the world. By CAROLINE LINTON Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.