12 MAKERS Who Changed the Face of Feminism

Feminism has changed the world, and some of our MAKERS have made bold strides changing the face of feminism.

From Gloria Steinem, the face of the women's movement for more than four decades; to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who's brought attention to women's unequal treatment under the law — women have chosen wisely how they best want to represent feminism. 

Get to know 12 MAKERS in the gallery above who have changed the face of feminism. 

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Gloria Steinem | Feminist activist Gloria Steinem has been looked to as the popular face of the women's movement for over four decades.She co-founded Ms. Magazine in 1972, and has spent decades crisscrossing the United States and the world as a speaker and organizer. She has expanded the women’s movement to celebrate non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organization across socioeconomic boundaries.  Photo Credit: John Lamparski via Getty Images

Barbara Walters | In 1976, she became the first woman to co-anchor an evening network newscast and became the highest-paid figure in TV journalism. Photo Credit: Donna Ward/Getty Images

Ruth Bader Ginsburg | Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the second woman ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. She broke countless legal and professional barriers for women. She has brought attention to women's unequal treatment under the law. She has remained a strong voice in favor of gender equality and civil liberties, as well as the rights of workers, and the separation of church and state. Photo Credit: Allison Shelley/Getty Images

Muriel Siebert | In 1967, she became the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. In 1977, she became the highest-ranking female regulator in history when she accepted a five-year position as New York State's Superintendent of Banks. To this day, Siebert & Co. remains the only nationally known brokerage helmed by a woman.  Photo Credit: NY Daily News via Getty Images

Lena Dunham | In 2013, she became the first woman to win a Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series. Photo Credit: Brian Ach/Getty Images for Variety

Billie Jean King | Tennis champion and activist Billie Jean King has fought for women's equality for decades. She beat former men's champion Bobby Riggs in 1973's famous "Battle of the Sexes" match. In 1974, King co-founded World TeamTennis, a pioneering co-ed professional league; and the Women's Sports Foundation.  Photo Credit: Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images

Angela Salinas | She became the first Hispanic woman to become a U.S. Marine Corps general officer and the sixth woman in the Marine Corps to reach the rank of brigadier general. She was also the first woman in the Marine Corps to command a recruiting station and the first woman to serve as a recruiting district commanding officer.  Photo Credit: AP Photo/Denis Poroy

Marlo Thomas | Marlo Thomas was featured as Ann Marie — an unmarried, aspiring actress living away on her own in New York — the show broke new ground for independent women everywhere and launched Thomas into the heart of the burgeoning feminist movement.  "I was born to be a feminist," recalls Thomas, who went on to create Free to Be... You and Me, her gender-busting children's concept that became a platinum album, bestselling book, Emmy Award-winning television special, and a stage show. The Free to Be… royalties helped Thomas join with Gloria Steinem and other Ms. editors to found the Ms. Foundation in 1973 as a resource for grassroots women's organizations nationwide.  Photo Credit: D Dipasupil/FilmMagic

Sheryl Sandberg | Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has spent more than two decades achieving at the highest reaches of governmental and corporate America. And she's determined to bring more talented young women along with her.  Photo Credit: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Jane Fonda | Award-winning actress Jane Fonda began produced the movie "9 to 5," a film starring Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton, that spoke to real-life working women of the 80s. Photo Credit: Kevin Winter via Getty Images

Ellen DeGeneres | The popular sitcom "Ellen" made history when Ellen DeGeneres' character came out of the closet in 1997, becoming the first-ever gay lead character on television. She has led the way for female comedians. Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The People's Choice Awards

Madeleine Albright | Madeleine Albright was appointed Secretary of State at the start of President Clinton's second term, thereby becoming the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government, and America's first female Secretary of State.  Photo Credit: Basri Sahin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images