1. Malala Yousafzai, 18 | Youngest Winner of Nobel Peace Prize
"It feels like this life is not my life. It's a second life. People have prayed to God to spare me and I was spared for a reason — to use my life for helping people."
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2. Andrea Pino, 24, and Annie E. Clark, 26 | Co-founders of End Rape On Campus
Pino and Clark are the subjects of a new Netflix documentary, "The Hunting Ground," about the retaliation and harassment faced by college students who are raped and assaulted on campus. They are currently shaping the national debate about campus sexual assault and have helped other survivors, like themselves, speak out.
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3. Kimora Oliver and Olivia Ross | Black Girls Code
These two incredible students created their own apps including one to combat domestic violence. They are pictured here after speaking at the The 2016 MAKERS Conference at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
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4. Ingrid Nilsen, 27 | YouTube Sensation Missglamorazzi
Nilsen is known as YouTube's first bonafide beauty and style star but most recently she sat down to conduct an interview with U.S. President Barack Obama. She made headlines after catching him off guard with a question about why tampons are taxed by some states as luxury items. The President responded: "It's because men were making these laws when those taxes were passed."
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5. Munira Khalif | Harvard University Student, Class of 2019
This Minnesota teen made headlines last year after getting accepted into all eight Ivy League schools. "You're not accepted because of a score you're accepted because of the person that you are," she said in an interview. Currently Khalif is serving as a global youth ambassador for A World At School — a movement to help children around the world gain access to school.
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6. Mo'ne Davis, 14 | First Girl To Win In Little League World Series
This American Little League Baseball pitcher from Pennsylvania is one of two girls who played in the 2014 Little League World Series and is the first girl to earn a win and to pitch a shutout in Little League World Series history. "Throwing 70 miles an hour — that's throwing like a girl," she said.
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7. Sasha Obama, 14, and Malia Obama, 17 | White House Sister, Sister
These two are giving us #SisterGoals. We're inspired by the way Sasha and Malia have grown up in the public eye as daughters of a U.S. President. The two are known for having a special bond, most recently in an endearing moment when Malia supported her sister while meeting actor Ryan Reynolds.
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8. Fatima Ptacek, 15 | Current Voice of Dora on Nickelodeon
Ptacek is the beloved voice of Dora for preschoolers around the world though she is also using her voice to empower women and girls. She recently spoke at a UN event for International Women's Day and delivered these amazing words: "I'm a girl, I'm valuable and I can make a difference."
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9. Kainat Soomro, 22 | Rape Survivor Who Went Public And Is Still Fighting For Justice
This Pakistani woman is determined to get justice for her gang rape at the age of 13. Her harrowing journey was the subject of PBS Frontline episode "Outlawed In Pakistan" and Soomro's courage is often mentioned by Malala Yousafzai who referred to Soomro in her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. Soomro's words are haunting and powerful: "I want justice, I will not stop until I get justice."
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10. Madeline Stuart, 19 | Model
Stuart is a model with down-syndrome and she is hoping to change society's perception of beauty and show down-syndrome is something to be celebrated. So far Stuart walked the runway during New York Fashion Week and even has her own YouTube channel. "I love modeling because it is a way to express myself when words don’t always come easy," she said in an interview.
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11. Rowan Blanchard, 14 | Feminist Actress
Blanchard is known for her role as Riley Matthews on the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World. She recently opened up about her sexuality and has been inspiring young women with her words. “When I was in preschool, I played catch with the other kids and I was told I threw like a girl. I've identified as a feminist ever since."
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12. Jazz Jennings, 15 | Openly Trans Teen, YouTube Personality, and LGBTQ Activist
Jennings became one of the first openly transgender children ever to appear on television at the age of 6. Now she has a children's book, a YouTube following, and has even starred in her own TLC reality show. "I am willing to sacrifice my privacy if it means making a difference and helping other people out there who might be struggling."
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13. Ellen Page, 29 | Fierce Feminist and Actress
This Canadian actress known for her roles in films like the "X-Men series" and "Juno" is also a fierce feminist advocate. "I don't know why people are so reluctant to say they're feminists. Maybe some women just don't care. But how could it be any more obvious that we still live in a patriarchal world when feminism is a bad word?"
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14. Emma Watson, 25 | Actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador
Watson recently delivered a rousing speech on International Women's Day and has been an advocate for the UN Women's "He For She" campaign. Here's one of her most powerful quotes: "Feminism is not here to dictate to you. It's not prescriptive, it's not dogmatic. All we are here to do is give you a choice. If you want to run for Prime Minister, you can. If you don't, that's wonderful, too. Shave your armpits, don't shave them, wear flats one day, heels the next."
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15. Lena Dunham, 29 | Actress, Writer, Producer, and Director
Dunham is a huge proponent of feminism. She is best known as the creator, writer and star of the HBO series "Girls," for which she has received two Golden Globe awards. "Feminists believe that men and women should have the same opportunities. If you are a feminist you believe in equal rights as a whole. That's not a concept you can really shoot down.”
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16. Lilly Singh, 27 | YouTube Sensation IISuperwomanII
Singh is an Indo-Canadian YouTube personality, vlogger, and comedian."I was the first South Asian female to do comedy videos on YouTube. But at the same time, all races face their barriers, and I've learned through YouTube, if it's not race, it will be sexism, if it's not sexism, it will be homophobia. It will always be something, and all voices should be heard."
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17. Tavi Gevinson, 19 | Fashion Blogger and Feminist
Gevinson is an American writer, magazine editor, actress, and singer. She rose to fame at the tender age of 12, due to her fashion blog Style Rookie and by the age of 15, she changed her focus to pop culture and feminist discussion. "I think you have to take the approach that feminism is ultimately about freedom," she said.
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18. Jessica Williams, 26 | Comedian and Actress
Williams is currently a senior correspondent on "The Daily Show" and has been known to advocate for gender equality. "At the end of the day I don't give a damn who is on the bill. What I do care about is getting an equal share of the bill. I'd rather have 10 full Hamilton dollars than $8.45 of lady bucks. Let's spend our time focusing on that."
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19. Carey Mulligan, 30 | Actress
This English actress has been standing up for women. "You don't say to men: 'You played another really strong man.' The idea that women are inherently weak — and we've identified the few strong ones to tell stories about — is mad."
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20. Zendaya, 19 | Actress, Singer, Dancer, and Model
Zendaya has been advocating for the education of girls worldwide in addition to speaking out about hot-button subjects like cultural appropriation. Most recently she partnered with the First Lady, MAKERS, and the Let Girls Learn initiative to sing "This Is For My Girls," an anthem to help 62 million girls worldwide gain an education. "I think women are very powerful and I think we’re more powerful together than separated," she said.
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21. Michelle Phan, 29 | YouTube Make-Up Demonstrator who Established a $500 Million Dollar Company
Phan's YouTube channel has over 8 million subscribers, 1.1 billion lifetime views, and 385 uploaded videos. Her humble start on YouTube helped her build a subscription beauty sampling business called Ipsy that is valued more than $500 million dollars. "I didn't have a roadmap, I just did it because it was meaningful to me and I wanted to disrupt the beauty industry," she said.
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22. Kate Nash, 28 | Singer, Songwriter, and Actress
This English musician had a U.K. No. 2 hit "Foundations" in 2007, followed by the platinum-selling U.K. No. 1 album, "Made of Bricks." She delivered a powerful statement on the definition of feminism. "Feminism is not a dirty word. It does not mean you hate men, it does not mean you hate girls that have nice legs and a tan. It means you believe in equality."
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23. Claire Elise Boucher A.K.A. "Grimes," 28 | Singer, Songwriter, Music Video Director, and Record Producer
This Canadian musician may be known for her hard-hitting synth-pop jams though she also delivered some sharp words on gender equality. "I'm sad that my desire to be treated as an equal and as a human being is interpreted as hatred of men, rather than a request to be included and respected."
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24. Tatiana Maslany, 30 | Actress
This Canadian actress stars in "Orphan Black." She noted: "The characters [in Orphan Black] all have a complexity to them, an unapologetic individuality. They're not physically superhuman and emotionless and without flaws. Having a strong female character doesn’t mean she's beyond suffering and fragility. There's a fearlessness. That to me is strong writing for women. It defies gender."
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25. Chloe + Halle | Queen Bey Signed These Singers
These teen sisters were given a contract from Beyoncé herself and now they are advocating for the education of girls worldwide. Most recently they partnered with the First Lady, MAKERS, and the Let Girls Learn initiative to sing "This Is For My Girls," an anthem to help 62 million girls worldwide gain an education. They performed the song for the first time at SXSW.
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26. Ilana Glazer, 28 | "Broad City" Star
Glazer is best known for co-creating and co-starring in the Comedy Central series Broad City with Abbi Jacobson, based on the web series of the same name. She has also been a fierce feminist. "I feel like a feminist is gender equality. You know, we're feminists... the people who work on the show are feminists."
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27. Pax Jones, 21 | #UnfairAndLovely Viral Photo Series
A student at the University of Texas in Austin, created a viral #UnfairAndLovely photo series of her two friends Mirusha and Yanusha Yogarajah that spread across social media and inspired women to post selfies celebrating their dark skin tones and addressing the stigma against their skin. "Our goal was to combat colourism and the under-representation of people of colour in the media. We were trying to challenge the way colourism permeates our lives," she said in an interview.
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28. Amandla Stenberg, 17 | Actress and Another Reason Why #BlackGirlsRock
Stenberg is best known for her portrayal of young Cataleya in Colombiana and Rue in "The Hunger Games." She is planning to star in a new film about the Black Lives Matter movement. "End the 'angry black girl' narrative. It's just another attempt to undermine certain perspectives. I have strong opinions. I am not angry," she said in an interview.
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29. Ronda Rousey, 29 | Former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion
This American mixed martial artist, judoka, and actress is not only strong in the ring, she's also displayed her strength standing up for herself and all women. "Some people like to call me cocky or arrogant, but I just think, 'How dare you assume I should think less of myself?' The problem isn't me thinking I can achieve any goal."
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30. Shay Mitchell, 28 | "Pretty Little Liars" Star, Entrepreneur, and Author
This Canadian actress may be best known for her role as Emily Fields in the Freeform series "Pretty Little Liars" though she also has a lot to say about being a woman at work. "A job is a powerful thing. By giving a woman a chance to discover what she’s good at and use her time, talent and skills to contribute to her community, she not only can provide for herself and her family, but she also gains confidence and dignity. She will feel like she can take on the world."
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31. Leighton Meester, 29 | "Gossip Girl" Star and Feminist
If you haven’t read Leighton Meester's feminist op-ed piece on her role in "Of Mice and Men," you have to read it now. "If this woman is purely a victim, why is she so hated? And if she is truly harmless, why is she so threatening? Without question, it was a commentary on the social climate at the time, which still surprisingly applies today."
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