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Women Who Dare: Empowering Quotes From 2017 Trailblazers

We honor the exceptional women who have made headlines the past year.
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Befitting of the theme for this year's International Women's Day, these extraordinary women show us exactly how to #BeBoldForChange with their inspiring accomplishments. So when they speak, we listen.

SHERYL SANDBERG
Chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of leanin.org

MERYL STREEP
Award-winning actress and recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the 2017 Golden Globes

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MELINDA GATES
Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and one of the world's leading philanthropists

SIMONE BILES
Olympic medalist for gymnastics at the 2016 Summer Olympics

HILLARY CLINTON
2016 U.S. presidential candidate

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HANAN AL HROUB
Recipient of the Global Teacher Prize

KATHERINE JOHNSON
NASA mathematician, Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee, and the subject of Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures

YOSHIKO SHINOHARA
Japan’s first self-made female billionaire and recently retired chairman of staffing company Temp Holdings

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LENI ROBREDO
Vice-President of the Philippines

NADIA MURAD
U.N. Goodwill Ambassador, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and human rights activist

RIHANNA
Harvard Humanitarian of the Year and founder of the Clara Lionel Foundation that supports and funds education and health programs around the world

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JAHA DUKUREH
Activist and survivor of female genital mutilation

AUNG SAN SUU KYI
Myanmar State Counsellor and Nobel Peace Laureate

VIOLA DAVIS
Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences

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GINA LOPEZ
Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 

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Hannah Lazatin
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Hannah is a communications graduate from Ateneo de Manila University. She’s originally from Pampanga and from a big, close-knit family who likes to find a reason to get together at the dinner table. Experiences inspire her. “Once, at a restaurant, I received an interpretation of my second name ‘Celina,’ and it meant 'someone who tries everything once' and that is me through and through,” she says. As for the job, she wants her “readers to be inspired by the stories of the people we feature and to move them to reach for greater things.”
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