"Watson's international humanitarian efforts have centered largely around gender equality and education. In 2014, she took on a major role as a United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador, giving a stirring speech announcing the HeForShe campaign, aimed at getting men involved in feminist concerns..."
"The Pakistan native initially warmed our hearts (and rightfully gained our respect) when she didn't suffer defeat after a Taliban gunman tried to assassinate her in October 2012. But few years prior to the attempted murder, Yousafzai spoke out against her country not helping girls achieve a proper education..."
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"The Canadian sisters started performing together in 1995 in their hometown of Calgary and officially launched their professional career in 1998. Since then, they've toured almost non-stop, released eight studio albums and numerous EPs, collaborated with countless artists, and raked in awards and honors along the way..."
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"McKinnon is an alum of Columbia University, the Upright Citizens Brigade and Logo TV's The Big Gay Sketch Show, where she was a cast member for the full three-season run from 2007-10. She became one of the very few openly gay performers in Saturday Night Live's history in 2012-13's Season 37; two seasons later she became a member of the repertory cast and has been an MVP ever since..."
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"Wilson is a New Jersey native, but converted to Islam during her studies at Boston University and later moved to Cairo, Egypt. While there, she wrote for major publications like New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic and National Post. Her career quickly became bigger once she stepped into the comic world. The writer published Cairo, her first graphic novel in 2007 under the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics..."
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"Blanchard stepped into a big franchise to play the daughter of beloved '90s couple Cory and Topanga for Girl Meets World. During its three-year run, the teen actor helped deliver a new hit show for the Disney Channel along with a smart, new heroine for viewers. But a deeper look into her work past TV screens makes her all the more bigger and an important role model..."
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"We were first introduced to the Israeli actress in 2009, when she made her acting debut in Fast & Furious as the sensual and intimidating Gisele Yashar. Since then, Gadot has appeared in Date Night, Knight and Day, Triple 9, as well as reprising her role in the fifth and sixth installments in the Fast & Furious franchise. But the actress truly shot into big Hollywood stardom when she transformed into the powerful Wonder Woman..."
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"The Nebraska native is no doubt one of the most famous models in the world. But she is creating her own important lane by placing plus-size women at the forefront of an industry who once shunned others for not having a stick figure frame. Graham began modeling when she was discovered by an agency while walking through her hometown mall in 2000 at age 12..."
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"When Full Frontal with Samantha Bee premiered in February 2016, Bee became the first woman to lead a late-night news satire show and part of a small group of women who've hosted any kind of late-night show. To top it off, Bee is also an executive producer on Full Frontal..."
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"Despite being just 19-years-old, the Swedish songbird has been unapologetically vocal about her stances on feminism and issues she sees in the industry she's slowing conquering. As Zara told us late last year about navigating the music business as a new artist, 'Oh my gosh, I don't think you understand how upset men get when you tell them off—it's insane.' She added she's grown a tough, wiser skin as a result of the the growing pains..."
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"On Valentine's Day 2014, Page spoke at a Human Rights Campaign Foundation conference, Time to THRIVE, about protecting and investing in LGBTQ youth. 'And I am here today because I am gay,' she shared, five minutes in. 'And because maybe I can make a difference to help others have an easier and more hopeful time...'"
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"Whether she's fighting for women in film to be represented with humanity and intelligence, or calling out the Hollywood wage disparity, Felicity Jones' feminist force is unstoppable — and we can't get enough of it..."
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"In the male-heavy world of comedy and television, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer might just be out-broing every comedian out there with a journey that highlights just how hard they had to work to prove their primetime potential..."
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"Nancherla was born to parents from Hyderabad, South India and grew up near Washington, D.C. Her comedy is as apt to target quotidian, absurdist observations as it is to skewer misogyny and racism. Nancherla lives with depression and anxiety and speaks on these topics eloquently and prolifically..."
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"If anything, Ms. Gorgeous is living proof of how far progress has come for transgender people and that there truly is a world of possibilities—including one where they are critiqued as equal to their binary gendered counterparts. Or, as she says near the end of This Is Everything, 'I'm a real person, too...'"
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"Unlike some female pop singers, Tove Lo always takes it there. She leads listeners through a tangled, bruised web of emotions that can be alarmingly honest at times. But it is damn relatable for almost every woman who is sometimes scared to come face to face with those feelings..."
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"The Austin, Texas native was born with a rare genetic disorder that leaves her unable to gain weight. The condition has seen her never weigh more than 64 pounds and go blind in her right eye. In the early harsher days of the Internet, Velásquez was deemed the 'World's Ugliest Woman' in a YouTube video...Yet the clip and its numerous amount of terrible comments became the launching ground for Velásquez's unexpected, full-time career: motivational speaker..."
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"As Arya Stark, she found her hopes of swordplay and glory thwarted for the first season before setting off on an independent hero's journey more powerful and harrowing than almost anyone's, one that's still in progress years later..."
"Nyong'o's filmography is so modest, her tabloid presence so sparse, that her notoriety is a pure testament to her gifts as both a performer and person. You know the 34-year-old's name, her face, her voice, and at least a couple of her five film roles thus far (two of which are solely voice-acting). You also likely know that what she says has major impact..."
"Thanks to ABC smash show Quantico, Chopra has solidified her place in both Hollywood and Bollywood as the latest badass on primetime, American TV. But more importantly, the 34-year-old proved that an Indian woman could lead a major cast and score hit ratings in the U.S...."
"Breakout hit 'Ooouuu' brought the Brooklyn MC mainstream attention with the laid-back trap cut being a slick, queer-leaning anthem—a necessary and significant step in the still very-much homophobic hip-hop world. While there are gay rappers, none have seen success like Young M.A..."
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"The world was first introduced to the 19-year-old and her siblings when E!'s Keeping Up With The Kardashians premiered in 2007. Jenner, who was only nine years old in the debut season, was a shy girl who was overshadowed by big sister Kim and didn't have much on-screen time. But as the reality series went on, she began to open up more to show her goofy personality and trendy fashion sense..."
"Fast forward to 2017, and Kehlani channeled her growth in her debut album—January's SweetSexySavage. The project finds her more personal than ever, with songs like 'Advice,' 'CRZY,' 'Keep On' and 'Hold Me By The Heart' overflowing with a raw vulnerability that most artists stray away from. But not Kehlani. No matter how uncomfortable or traumatizing the situation may be, she understands her bigger purpose..."
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"Following the celebrated 2014 premiere of Transparent, Soloway shot from being someone who'd written/produced for a few shows (Six Feet Under, United States of Tara) and written/directed the indie film Afternoon Delight to being someone with an über-sought-after fearless perspective..."
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"Last October, Rossum made her directorial debut during Season 7 of her hit Showtime series Shameless, adding a director title in the series that has consistently earned her unanimous praise. Not only was it a major move for the 30-year-old, but for the show itself, as the episode 'I Am a Storm' introduces Shameless' first transgender character..."
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"Last year, the Mexican singer-songwriter who's become known for her brand of bilingual bangers (see 'Conmigo (Rest of Your Life)' or 'Muévelo'), saw 'Solo Yo'—which was released in both Spanish and English—hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart making her the first female in five years to score the top slot as a lead artist..."
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