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These Rape Victims Get Four-Wheeled Retribution
    This group helps rape victims in the Democratic Republic of the Congo when they have nowhere else to turn.

Remembering Elaine Stritch Through a Major Girl Crush
    Chiemi Karasawa, director of the new documentary 'Shoot Me', dishes on her subject, 89-year-old Broadway icon Elaine Stritch

I Lost My Virginity to Rape and Didn't Even Know It
   

Malala's Inspiring Mission in Nigeria: #BringBackOurGirls
   

We Chat With Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Kaitlyn Farrington
    Check out our interview with Kaitlyn Farrington Gold Medal Olympic winner of the women's snowboarding half-pipe.

Behind the Documentary: Pussy Riot and their Punk Prayer
    Check out our interview with director Maxim Pozdorovkin about Pussy Riot.

Sheryl Sandberg is Now One of the Youngest Billionaires
    Check out how Sheryl Sandberg is one of the youngest billionaires.

Marie Claire's Own Responds to Lena Dunham's Photo Retouching Drama with Great Cause
    Check out Marie Claire's Nicolette Mason has launched Step Up in response to the Lena Dunham photo retouching controversy.

Meet the Former Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader Turned Army Lieutenant
    Check out why this cheerleader traded in her sequin skirt for Army gear.

Kate Bolduan: Background Check
    Kate Bolduan, the 30-year-old cohost of CNN's New Day, shares her predawn routine, best career advice, and the carb she just can't quit

Made in New York Pages: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
    With more women-run startups than anywhere else in America (that includes you, Silicon Valley), the Big Apple is now home base for legions of young female entrepreneurs, like these moguls in the making. Want to run this town? Join the club

Put Young Girls at the Center of Development
    Check out Christy Turlington Burns' program for young women.

Malala Yousafzai's Most Inspirational Quotes
    Get inspired by Malala Yousafzai and her journey to establish global education.

Eye On the World: Young Turks Pages: 2 3 4 5 6
    Meet six faces of Occupy Istanbul fighting for women's rights.

Malala's Mentor
    Behind every great young woman is another great woman. Shiza Shahid is the Pakistani teen activist's right hand.

"I Escaped Life as a Sex Slave"
    One woman's journey through the dark netherworld of human trafficking.

How I Fled a Life of Polygamy Pages: 2 3
    Married at 19 to the 85-year-old Prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Rebecca Musser thought she was free after his death seven years later—until she was told she must remarry.

How Believing in Yourself Can Save Your Life Pages: 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Read about women and their fight to never give up, even under the most difficult circumstances.

Pretty Is As Pretty Does
    After writer Jennifer Tress’ husband cheated on her (and blamed it on her looks!), she started a new life—now she’s changing other women’s lives, too.

Plan of Attack: Sexual Assault in the Military
    Women in Congress go to battle over rampant sexual assault in the military.

Mighty Quinn
    Christine Quinn wants to make history as New York City's first female and first openly gay mayor. And now the colorful, take-no-prisoners pol is opening up in a revealing new memoir.

Gabby Giffords: Don't Give Up
    Check out our interview with Tuscon shooting survivor, Former Arizona Representative, Gabrielle Giffords.

The Blogger vs. The Dictator (The Blogger vs. The Dictator)
    She's been called a liar, a traitor, a spy, and a hero. Cuban dissident Yoani Sánchez first caught the world's attention with — what else? — a blog.

Jessica Buchanan: Kidnapped! Pages: 2 3
    Check out our story about the aid worker, Jessica Buchanan and how she was captured by Somalian pirates for 93 days.

Queens of the Hill
    Connections are currency in the nation's capital. So if you want to get in with D.C. power players, start with these in-the-know women.

Risky Business Pages: 2 3 4 5
    Think your workday is stressful? Imagine leaping from 10 stories, hand-feeding sharks, or dismantling bombs. For these professional badasses, danger is just part of the job description.

Alyssa Mastromonaco: The White House Gatekeeper Pages: 2
    Of the many players working behind the scenes for the president, few wield as much quiet power as Alyssa Mastromonaco, 37, the White House deputy chief of staff for operations — and the woman who sits some 15 feet away from him.

Saving Sonali
    A 27-year-old acid attack victim in India desperately wanted to end her life — until she landed a spot on the country's hottest game show.

Theresia Gouw: Silicon Valley Big Shot Pages: 2
    Check out our interview with the successful venture capitalist, Theresia Gouw, of Accel Partners.

That's What She Said Pages: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
    We've compiled the funniest, most thought-provoking, and inspiring quotes of the month, said by our absolute favorite ladies of the moment!

The New Change Agents Pages: 2 3 4 5
    Check out the new female social activists of this generation.

My Sister's Keeper Pages: 2
    What happens when you lose an identical twin? Christa Parravani was 28 when her sister, Cara, died. Odds put her chances of meeting the same fate at 50 percent, and she started down a self-destructive path — until writing their story set her fr

Falling Toward Grace Pages: 2 3 4 5
    Six years ago, a parachuting accident left extreme-sports daredevil Karina Hollekim near dead. Doctors said she’d never walk again, that her life as she knew it was over. But in the grueling years that followed, Hollekim had an epiphany: What if

15 in a Billion Pages: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
    With 1.4 billion citizens, mainland China is the world's most populous country—and home to one in five women on our planet, from rice farmers to multimillionaires.

Is This Really Goodbye? Pages: 2 3 4
    As Hillary Clinton prepares to step down as secretary of state, the most accomplished, and arguably, misunderstood woman in recent history insists she's done with public life for good.

Out of the Box Pages: 2
    Writer Jodi Jill tells her extraordinary story of being raised in a 10-by-20 storage unit, cut off from society and denied school — and how she finally found the strength to change her life.

Army Girl
    In her debut novel, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, Shani Boianjiu gives an inside glimpse at what it's like to come-of-age in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Stranded Pages: 2
    It was supposed to be easy, a brisk 30-minute hike on a pristine summer day. But a wrong turn led one woman on a brutal quest for survival. A year later, she shares her harrowing story.

Sandra Fluke: "Women are Not Going to be Silenced"
    Georgetown University law student and women's health advocate Sandra Fluke talks to MC about being subject of a national political firestorm, and whether she'll run for office someday.

Amanda Beard: My Secret Life (04/01/2012)
    At 26 and with seven Olympic medals, 6, the swimmer was America's golden girl. But she also suffered from an eating disorder, depression, even cutting. In her new memoir, she reveals the dark truth that lurked behind that perfect image.

Stephanie Cutter: "I Know How to Throw a Punch" (03/01/2012) Pages: 2
    Behind the buttery highlights and geek glasses is one of the fierces strategists in politics. Meet the Obama campaign's head rumor-killer, message-crafter, and human bulldozer.

A Beautiful Mind (02/01/2012)
    Katie Miller is among the small group of women diagnosed with autism. She's also a gorgeous artist who's never been on a date and has difficulty meeting new people. But to her, being autistic isn't the disadvantage it might seem.

Real-Life Slumdog (12/01/11)
    Pultizer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo's book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, is the most riveting Indian story since Slumdog Millionaire — except hers is true.

Libya's Lady Rebels (02/01/2012) Pages: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
    Photographer Sarah Elliott captures the major players in the violent eight-month struggle that led to the overthrow of brutal dictator Muammar Gaddafi. They risked everything to stand for their beliefs — and their country.

America's War on Girls (01/01/2012)
    Author Caitlin Flanagan wants to protect teen girls from the Internet and shield them from racy song lyrics. Is she right — or crazy old-fashioned?

Will Nikki Haley Be Our First Female President?
    So far, nothing has stopped the political aspirations of the Republican governor of South Carolina—not racism, not sexism, not her youth. There's even talk of her making it to the nation's top office. MC asked the rising political star for her s

Meet China's Oprah Winfrey (12/01/11)
    Yang Lan was once told she wasn't pretty enough to be on TV. Today she presides over a media empire and is one of China's wealthiest and most famous women.

The Billion Dollar Woman (01/01/2012)
    Jennifer Buffett's father-in-law handed her a fortune with only one condition: She had to give it all away. It was a chance to change the world — and save her marriage.

Through the Eyes of Female Photographers (12/01/2011) Pages: 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Once thought of as too frail for the job, five award-winning women photojournalists share their most vivid memories from the field — and the images they will never forget.

Love, Loss & the Oscars (11/01/2011) Pages: 2
    After years of trying, Daniela Petrova and her husband, acclaimed journalist Sebastian Junger, finally conceived a baby, just after his documentary won an Oscar nod. But Hollywood was no match for the drama that awaited them.




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