Ela R. Bhatt, a lawyer, is widely recognized as one of the world's most remarkable pioneers and entrepreneurial forces in grassroots development.
Known as the "gentle revolutionary," she has dedicated her life to improving the lives of India's poorest and most oppressed citizens.
Michaëlle Jean was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1957.
She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1968, fleeing the dictatorial regime of the time.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian and Hispanic languages and literature at the University of Montréal.
Jane Addams (September 6, 1860 – May 21, 1935) was the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
In a long complex career, she was a pioneer settlement worker and founder of Hull House in Chicago, public philosopher (the first American woman in that role), author, and leader in woman suffrage and world peace.
Claudette Colvin (born September 5, 1939) is a pioneer of the African American civil rights movement.
She spontaneously resisted Alabaman bus segregation preceding the better known Rosa Parks incident by nine months, but her case was not publicized for long by black leaders because of her image as an unmarried pregnant woman.
Joan Rosenberg aka Joan Rivers (born Joan Alexandra Molinsky; June 8, 1933 - September 4, 2014) was an American comedian, television personality and actress.
She was known for her brash manner, her loud, raspy voice with a heavy New York accent, as well as her numerous cosmetic surgeries.
Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez-Pinault (born September 2, 1966) is a Mexican-born American actress of Lebanese descent; she is also a director and producer.
Hayek is the first Mexican national to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She is one of the most prominent Mexican figures in Hollywood.
Rania Al Abdullah (Arabic: الملكة رانيا العبد الله Rānyā al-‘abdu l-Lāh) (born Rania al Yassin on 31 August 1970) is the current Queen consort of Jordan as the wife of King Abdullah II of Jordan.
She is one of the world’s most powerful women, and has focused her energy, at home and abroad, on a variety of causes, notably education.
Sylvia Earle has been called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and the New York Times, “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and “Hero for the Planet” by Time.
She is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration.
Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th century urban foibles.
From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table.