Women on Top

Starting out with just a game-changing idea, a bulletproof business plan, or an electrifying design, these women are reinventing their industries and demolishing boys' clubs from the ranks of the military to Silicon Valley. They're all under 40, but those aren't stars in their eyes: They're planning a revolution.

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    Bridgette Carr, 34, director of the Human Trafficking Clinic, University of Michigan Law School

    Résumé: Carr's is the only clinic dedicated solely to assisting human trafficking victims, mainly women and children from poor countries forced into labor in the U.S. She files immigration claims, expunges criminal convictions for victims, and helps to nail traffickers.

    Background Check: "I got a full ride to medical school, but on the fifth day, seeing a young mom and baby, I thought, Hurry up and tell me what's wrong. I'm busy! It wasn't me, so I dropped out and went to law school instead."

    Big Break: "My first trafficking case, in 2005, involved young Ukrainian women forced to work at a Detroit strip club. In 2008, one testified in front of Congress, supporting a law to bring foreign victims' families into the U.S. When it passed, she was able to bring her mother here."

    On Call: "My clinic is a contact for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, so when a case comes up, my cell phone rings. I recently dropped everything late on a Friday night to meet a woman who'd escaped from domestic slavery."

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