03/26/2012 06:31 pm ET Updated Mar 29, 2012

Sheila Johnson, Susan Rice Among ELLE Magazine's '10 Powerful Women in DC'

From a political strategist to an award-winning journalist and an ambassador to the U.N., women have taken Washington, DC's political scene by storm. Among them: African-American influentials Sheila Johnson and Susan Rice, who've been named alongside eight other DC power players on ELLE Magazine's "Capital Dames: 10 Powerful Women in DC" list.

The roundup, featured in the April 2012 issue of the magazine, shines a light on women who are breaking barriers in Washington's male-dominated political realm, including 63-year-old entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila Johnson who keeps busy “connecting the dots…traveling to Haiti with Donna Karan, her favorite designer, to buy merchandise from artisans to sell in her hotels; having a stake in three pro sports teams (including the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, of which she’s the president); chairing the board of governors of Parsons The New School for Design; being a CARE global ambassador; and producing documentaries on AIDS and homelessness," the magazine says.

Likewise, America’s ambassador to the United ­Nations, Susan Rice, is connecting the dots in her own way, rallying inter­national ­support for toppling Libya’s Muammar Gadhafi and confronting the dramas around Iran and Syria’s ­brutal ­regimes.

Read more about the mark Johnson and Rice are making on DC and beyond, along with the full list of honorees, online or in ELLE's April issue, on stands now.