• 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.
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  • 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 Muslim-American woman to wear a hijab while...
  • 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 recurring dream in which she'd open a white...
  • At least 500 million girls and women around the world lack adequate facilities for managing their periods, according to a 2015 report from UNICEF and the World Health Organization, and many girls in...
  • 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 ever. The rising star of the Scottish National...
  • Sherman met Samantha Vinograd while both women were working in the White House during the Obama administration. She calls Vinograd “one of the next-generation pioneers,” who is a savvy user of...
  • 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 monitor the progress of a small group of...
  • The day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning Syrian refugees from the U.S. and temporarily halting the influx of refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries,...
  • 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 gig with Steinem. It was 1992, and Steinem was...
  • While your average 21-year-old is probably studying (or partying) in college, Tulsi Gabbard was busy becoming the youngest person ever elected to the Hawaii State Legislature. That was in 2002. Then...
  • Doudna first met Rachel Haurwitz when she was a graduate student at her laboratory in University of California, Berkeley, where she conducted some of the early research on CRISPR. “A sudden idea...
  • Julie Law's research primarily focuses on how environmental factors change heritable plant DNA, and it is at the forefront of the Salk Institute's effort to fight climate change. The institute...
  • 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 after watching the annual Leonid meteor shower as an...
  • 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 is in charge of designing public health policies...
  • It's estimated that as many as 20 percent of cyberbullied teenagers contemplate suicide, and girls are especially vulnerable and prone to depression. Lewinsky has her eyes on the work of four...
  • Christine Mangan's psychological thriller Tangerine arrived in Sweeney's mail not long ago, and she couldn't stop reading, thanks to the strong female characters and intriguing plot. It...
  • 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 in a lifetime. Born in Minnesota to a photographer...
  • 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 traumatizing as the actual assault. (A police officer told...
  • “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 Yamiche Alcindor, a national political reporter...
  • 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 used an excerpt from their song “River” in an...