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  • They are leading the way, through their passion, innovative ideas, and their willingness to disrupt society in order to bring dynamic change for the better, which many Japanese women share.
  • Innovator_Nominee_Olvera-Lorena

    Romantic and sexual relationships are often fraught with plenty of drama, but Lorena Olvera-Moreno thinks there should be even more to both. The Me...

  • Leader_Nominee_Ibtihaj Muhammad_545536580

    During the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio, international attention zoomed in on Ibtihaj Muhammad, a member of the U.S. fencing team. She was the first...

  • DAVOS_Leader_Nominee_Luz Rello

    Luz Rello has been searching for ways to help children with dyslexia for as long as she can remember. As a child growing up in Madrid, she had a re...

  • Leader_Nominee_Tebogo Motubatse

    At least 500 million girls and women around the world lack adequate facilities for managing their periods, according to a 2015 report from UNICEF a...

  • Leader_Nominee_Mhairi Black MP_471510964

    Mhairi Black was a 20-year-old student in her final year at Glasgow University when she became the United Kingdom’s youngest member of Parliament...

  • Leader_Nominee_Sam Vinograd_608969108

    Sherman met Samantha Vinograd while both women were working in the White House during the Obama administration. She calls Vinograd “one of the ne...

  • Innovator_Nominee_Rebbeca Atencia

    Goodall first met Rebeca Atencia in Spain. The young veterinarian had plans to move to a remote forest in the Republic of Congo with her husband to...

  • Becca Heller_Credit TK

    The day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning Syrian refugees from the U.S. and temporarily halting the influx of refugees...

  • Amy_Richards_credit_Carly_Romeo_v2

    As a student at Barnard College, Amy Richards thought she had her dream job—working at Christie’s auction house—until a friend offered her a ...

  • Rachel__Haurwitz_Salk_Institute_for_Biological_Studies_v2

    Doudna first met Rachel Haurwitz when she was a graduate student at her laboratory in University of California, Berkeley, where she conducted some ...

  • Julie_Law_creditTK

    Julie Law’s research primarily focuses on how environmental factors change heritable plant DNA, and it is at the forefront of the Salk Institute'...

  • Innovator_Nominee_Lena-Okajima

    Most people will never have the opportunity to see a meteor shower in their lifetime, but Lena Okajima wants to change that. In 2011—a decade aft...

  • Innovator_Nominee_Aleny Cuoto

    Dr. Aleny Couto has led efforts to curb Mozambique’s AIDS/HIV epidemic for six years and has another decade of experience as a clinician. Couto i...

  • TrishaPrabhu_TED

    It’s estimated that as many as 20 percent of cyberbullied teenagers contemplate suicide, and girls are especially vulnerable and prone to depress...

  • Creator_Nominee_Christine Mangan

    Christine Mangan’s psychological thriller Tangerine arrived in Sweeney’s mail not long ago, and she couldn’t stop reading, thanks to the stro...

  • Creator_Nominee_Yara Shahidi

    Yara Shahidi, the breakout star of ABC’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated comedy Black-ish, has achieved more success at 17 than most actors do i...

  • Creator_Nominee_Jessica-Ladd

    Jessica Ladd was sexually assaulted by a friend in college. She came forward a year later—and learned that the reporting process can be as trauma...

  • Creator_Nominee_Yamiche Alcindor 872332622

    “She is a young woman poised for a massive breakthrough, and I say that recognizing that she’s had many already.” O’Brien is talking about ...

  • Creator_Nominee_Musical duo Ibeyi_542750124

    Some might say Lisa-Kaindé Díaz and Naomi Díaz, the French-Cuban twin sisters behind the musical duo Ibeyi, owe a lot to Beyoncé. In 2015, she ...