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Somaly's Story: 'I Didn't Lie.'
    An explosive report in Newsweek last spring raised questions regarding the legitimacy of Cambodian anti-trafficking activist Somaly Mam, tainting the nearly two-decades-long work on behalf of victims that catapulted her into the global spotlight. But

YOU DECIDE: Who Is Changing the World
   

31 Things We've Learned from Kirsten Gillibrand
   

Who We Love: Georgina Chapman
    The Marchesa designer and cofounder raises awareness for the plight of Syrian refugees

20 Women Who Are Changing the Ratio
    To the ceiling-smashing, see-it-to-be-it badasses spotlighted here, we salute you

6 Women Who Will Teach You How to Be Successful Before You Turn 35
    It used to take a lifetime to reach the pinnacle of success. Not for these highfliers. They're supersmart, crazy successful—and all under 35

Meet the 20 Women Who Are Changing Your World Pages: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
    In honor of our 20th anniversary, Marie Claire celebrates 20 movers, shakers, mavericks, and badasses who are boldly, bravely, audaciously blazing new paths for women and girls

Jennifer Hudson's Secret to Finding Hope After Loss
    Jennifer Hudson's secret to finding hope after loss.

Melinda Gates Never Forgets the Women Behind the Numbers
    She never forgets that behind every data point, there's a mother, a daughter, and a sister.

Christy Turlington Burns' Deeply Personal Story on Death During Childbirth
    Christy Turlington Burns' deeply personal story on death during childbirth

Jennifer Garner's Touching Story of Remembering Children Others Forgot
    Jennifer Garner is remember the children that everyone else forgot.

Cecile Richards Has Our Back and Yours....Always (#THANKS!)
    Cecile Richards always has our back. Always.

Taylor Swift Has Given Grief a Voice
    Taylor Swift has found a way to give grief a very strong voice.

Dina Habib Powell Wants to Invest In Your Future
    Dina Habib Powell wants to invest in your future.

Tammy Tibbetts Wants to Alter Your Destiny
    She's the first gives girls a chance for an education and improve their lot in life.

Gucci Creative Director, Frida Giannini, Makes Change Fashionable
    Creative Director for Gucci, Frida Giannini, makes helping women the most fashionable thing ever.

Eva Longoria Is Empowering the Latina Community Through Education
    She is empowering the Latina community through education and it's paying off.

Stephanie Schriock Is Transforming Women Into Major Contenders
    She is turning fantastic women into major global contenders.

Rachel Lloyd Helps Bring Sex Trafficking Victims Justice
    Rachel Lloyd helps recover and brings about justice for abuse victims.

Barbara Bush Is Making Health Care Personal, Not Political
    She's making healthcare personal, not political

Gabby Giffords Turns Her Tragedy Into an Action Plan
    Gabby Giffords took her tragedy and turned it into an action plan

Nancy Lublin Is Doing Good Again and Again with DoSomething.Org
    She is doing something to change the world every single day, over and over again.

Kimberly Bryant Has Leveled the Digital Playing Field for Black Women
    Kimberly Bryant is leveling the digital playing field for black women everywhere.

Shakira Is Helping to Building Education Centers
    Shakira has built 22 education centers and isn't stopping anytime soon.

Chelsea Clinton Is Shattering Glass Ceilings
    She's shattering glass ceilings on a global level.

Alicia Keys Is Standing Up to an Epidemic That's Killing Kids
    She's standing up to an epidemic that's killing children

Olivia Wilde Is Helping the World Re-think How We Give
    Actress Olivia Wilde is helping the world re-think how we give

7 Times Melinda Gates Proved That Women Should Be Running the World
    Melinda Gates's 7 Best Quotes

Revolution on Sorority Row
    You'd think it was 1954 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where stepping inside the secret chapter rooms of sorority rush reveals a pre-Civil Rights Movement mind-set. But last fall, a group of women—black and white—stood up to th

Stephanie Gilmore's Violent Attack Forced Her to Start Over
    World-class-surfer Stephanie Gilmore thought nothing could bring her down—until a violent attack ended her string of successes. Now her story is being told in a new documentary, Stephanie in the Water, which chronicles her comeback rise to the t

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.




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