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First Female Chief Conductor of the Queensland Symphony OrchestraWhen she steps up in 2016, she will be one of fewer than twelve women worldwide to lead a major orchestra.
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NASA's Newest AstronautThis Iranian-American marine is now one of NASA's newest astronauts.
The Woman Who Saved a Man With a Nazi TattooWhen a crowd protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally noticed a man with a Confederate flag shirt and an SS tattoo, they chased and attacked him. Keshia Thomas protected him.
Young Entrepreneur Out to Save BeesAfter becoming fascinated by bees, Mikaila started a business selling lemonade in order to help them.
Teenaged Activist for Reproductive RightsCalero works to educate and train other girls on their sexual, reproductive, and citizenship rights.
New Orleans Only All-Female African American Motorcycle ClubThey dye the rubber in their tires to burn out bright pink smoke. (SO. COOL.)
America's First Female Chief Federal ProsecutorAmerica’s first female chief federal prosecutor not only put herself in harm’s way to end abusive labor practices, she later became a PI and solved murders.
Hunter of bus driversIn areas of Mexico unsafe for women, a female vigilante calling herself Diana has begun striking terror into the hearts of bus drivers. A disturbing story.
Incredibly brave Mexican journalist
"Lydia Cacho is one of Mexico's most fearless journalists. Her investigations have led to attempts on her life, and now she has been forced to flee her country. What next?"Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho: 'I don't scare easily'
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