Celebrating MAKERS' Class of 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, we’re celebrating a great year for MAKERS, made possible by some amazing women. Spanning industries and ages, they represent a theme that rang true in 2014: women can do anything they want. 

Throughout the year, they proved their abilities. Shonda Rhimes produced a new show, Megan Smith became the second Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Sarah Silverman won an Emmy for her comedy variety special, and Tulsi Gabbard launched a campaign to end sexual assault in the military. 

As feminism has regathered momentum, our MAKERS have asserted themselves as leaders, whether they’re collaborating with Planned Parenthood or simply charging ahead in fields dominated by men.

As Gloria Steinem said, “When unique voices are united in a common cause, they make history.” This year, we celebrate the unique voices who have united to make history with MAKERS. When you learn their stories, we hope you’ll be inspired to define your own.

Meet the class of 2014 in the playlist above, or see their individual stories below.

Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post

Jane Pratt, Editor-in-Chief, xoJANE.com

Connie Chung, Television Journalist

Kelly Clark, Olympic Snowboarder

Julie Chu, Olympic Hockey Player

Val Demings, First Female Chief of Police, Orlando FL

Suzanne Braun Levine, First Editor of Ms. Magazine and Author

Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician

Muriel Fox, Co-founder, NOW

Roberta Kaplan, United States v. Windsor Attorney

Ellie Smeal, Co-founder and President, Feminist Majority

Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science

Yang Lan, TV Journalist and Media Entrepreneur

Kathy Kusner, First Licensed Female Jockey

Angela Ahrendts, Senior VP of Retail, Apple

Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College

Angela Salinas, Major General, US Marine Corps (Ret)

Elaine Chao, 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor

Mae Jemison, First African-American Woman in Space

Jane Lynch, Actor

Tulsi Gabbard, United States Congresswoman, Hawaii

Jenette Kahn, First Femal Comic Book Executive

Susan Sygall, CEO of Mobility International USA

Joan Rivers, Comedian and TV Show Host

Dee Dee Myers, Political Analyst

Nadine Burke Harris, Founder and CEO, Center for Youth Wellness

Geena Davis, Actor

Sara Blakely, Founder, SPANX

Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Chelsea Handler, Comedian 

Shonda Rhimes, Writer and Producer

Sarah Silverman, Comedian, Writer, Actor

Lena Dunham, Writer, Director, Actor, Producer

Ellen Ochoa, Director, Johnson Space Center

Linda Bray, Captain, US Army (Ret)

Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

Elizabeth Warren, United States Senator, Massachusetts

Jennifer Hyman, CEO and Founder of Rent the Runway

Nina Jacobson, Motion Picture Producer

Eileen Collins, NASA's First Woman Commander

Kathy Griffin, Comedian and Actor

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Actor and Producer

Alfre Woodard, Actor