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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.

Obama's Wing-Woman (11/01/2011)
    As head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is tasked with getting the president re-elected. She reveals how she's handling the high-stress job.

Women Running the Show (09/01/2011) Pages: 2 3 4 5
    As producers of the top news shows on TV, they're the first people on the scene when wars erupt, earthquakes hit — or a politico cheats. And they're busy trying to beat each other to big stories as we speak.

Why Kirsten Gillibrand Wants You to Run for Office Pages: 2 3
    The number of women in Congress has declined for the first time in decades. The junior senator from New York wants to change that.

Petra Gets Wired Pages: 2 3 4 5
    Czech model Petra Nemcova, famous for surviving the Asian tsunami, is putting her fame to good use — getting computers to kids. Her latest stop: Haiti. Here, excerpts from her diary.

Gina Keatley: From Homeless to Pro Chef
    One woman took the kindness she experienced in soup kitchens as a child and opened her own.

6 Inspiring Women from Around the World
    Meet the six phenomenal women honored at the annual Vital Voices gala.

Queen of Spade: Deborah Lloyd
    Queen of Spade: Deborah Lloyd

Kenneth Cole: Good Sole
    What gets Kenneth Cole up in the morning? Hint: It's not shoes!

Donatella Versace Has Blonde Ambition
    Fashion's glam survivor Donatella Versace turns heads and reboots lives in rural China.

Natasha Bedingfield's Sweet Gig
    What makes pop star Natasha Bedingfield a rebel? Being good in the ultimate bad-girl industry.

Diane's Double Life
    Diane von Furstenberg doesn't just run a fabulous fashion empire. She's helping train 100,000 female moguls-in-the-making.

Queen of Soul
    Talk about cool: R&B diva Alicia Keys is helping provide HIV/AIDS drugs to 45,000 people in Africa.

Helena Turns up the Heat
    Sure, she's posed as a sexy pirate in racy lingerie ads, but supermodel Helena Christensen is also a model citizen. Her latest gig? Getting food to those who can't afford it.

Join Nicole Kidman to Stop Violence Against Women
   

Lauren Hutton's Diary of Brazil
    Queen of the Jungle: Lauren Hutton's latest project is all about going green — and giving back. In her diary of a journey to the Amazon, she describes how.

Youssou N'Dour: More Than a Pretty Face
    Africa's Own Bono

Fergie's New Fight
    Think you don't need to worry about AIDS? Reality check: Women make up more than 25 percent of new cases in the U.S. In a Marie Claire exclusive, Fergie tells how her own battles with drug addiction inspired her to help people with HIV.

Christy's Personal Journey
    Christy Turlington Burns visited Peru and focused on a topic close to her heart, motherhood.

Daryl Hannah: Saving Sex Slaves
    Daryl Hannah’s latest role took a serious turn, blurring the boundary between acting and real life. For a documentary about sexual slavery, she snuck into the seedy brothels of Southeast Asia to meet the little girls who are held there. It’

More Than a Pretty Face: Queen Noor of Jordan Pages: 2 3
   

More than a Pretty Face: The Welder Pages: 2
    More than a year after a colossal earthquake shook Lima, Peru, around 55,000 families remain homeless or displaced. That's what Maria Landa is out to change. By using her unique skills as a professional welder, she's constructing crucial temporary ho

More than a Pretty Face: James Haven
    He's our first male MTAPF, and deservedly so, considering he comes from the same gene pool as Angelina Jolie




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