The fearless and outspoken advocate for women, children, and people of color became one of the most powerful women in American politics. In 1976, Maxine Waters worked for the divestment of state pension funds from businesses in South Africa.
Waters founded Project Build, working with young people on job training and placement. She co-founded Black Women’s Forum, a nonprofit of more than 1,200 African American women in the Los Angeles area.
She lead congressional efforts to cancel the debts of poor countries in Africa and Latin America. Waters helped to keep families in their homes during the housing and economic crises.
In 2018, she was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World."