20 Women Making Waves Across America

In the fabric of American society, from tech startups to the halls of justice, a new wave of women is rising, challenging norms and reshaping the future. Let’s spotlight 20 trailblazers whose boldness and innovation are not just inspiring but are actively molding a new landscape for generations to follow.

1. Kimberly Bryant

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As the founder of Black Girls CODE, Kimberly Bryant is closing the racial and gender gap in tech, preparing young African American girls to become leaders in the digital space.

2. Sarah McBride

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Sarah McBride made history as the first openly transgender state senator in the U.S., bringing a powerful voice for LGBTQ+ rights to Delaware’s legislative chambers.

3. Patrisse Cullors

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Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, Patrisse Cullors has catalyzed global activism, pushing for systemic change to combat racial injustice.

4. Brittany Packnett Cunningham

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An activist and co-founder of Campaign Zero, Brittany Packnett Cunningham works tirelessly to end police violence and systemic racism, bridging activism with policy solutions.

5. Aileen Lee

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Venture capitalist Aileen Lee coined the term “unicorn” in startups and is a formidable force in Silicon Valley, advocating for diversity and women’s leadership in tech.

6. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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AOC brings a relentless, progressive voice to Congress, advocating for the Green New Deal, healthcare for all, and an equitable society.

7. Megan Rapinoe

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Soccer star Megan Rapinoe stands at the intersection of sports and activism, championing LGBTQ+ rights, racial equality, and gender pay equity.

8. Lizzo

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Lizzo’s music and persona radiate body positivity and self-acceptance, challenging the entertainment industry’s standards and inspiring millions.

9. Tarana Burke

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The founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke has empowered survivors worldwide to share their stories, sparking a global dialogue on sexual harassment and assault.

10. Gitanjali Rao

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A young scientist and inventor, Gitanjali Rao was named TIME’s first-ever “Kid of the Year” for her innovations aimed at tackling issues from contaminated drinking water to opioid addiction and cyberbullying.

11. Naomi Osaka

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Naomi Osaka uses her prominence in the tennis world to highlight mental health and social justice, proving that activism can go hand-in-hand with athletic excellence.

12. Ayanna Pressley

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Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley is a vocal advocate for equity, justice, and an outspoken voice against systemic racism, working to ensure inclusivity at all levels of government.

13. Joy Buolamwini

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Founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, Joy Buolamwini’s research on racial and gender bias in AI technology has sparked critical discussions on ethics in tech.

14. Ilhan Omar

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Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women in Congress, uses her platform to challenge foreign policy norms, advocate for comprehensive social reforms, and champion the rights of marginalized communities.

15. Katie Bouman

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Computer scientist Katie Bouman led the development of the algorithm that captured the first-ever image of a black hole, breaking new ground in astrophysics and STEM.

16. Rachel Levine

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As the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the Senate, Dr. Rachel Levine is a pivotal figure in public health, serving as a role model for inclusion and diversity in government.

17. Yara Shahidi

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Actress and activist Yara Shahidi has used her platform to encourage political engagement among youth and advocate for educational opportunities, demonstrating the power of young voices in shaping societal change.

18. Nikole Hannah-Jones

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Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of The 1619 Project, has recentered the conversation on America’s history of slavery and its lasting impact, challenging narratives and educating millions.

19. Stacey Abrams

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Stacey Abrams’ work in promoting fair elections and fighting voter suppression in Georgia and beyond has redefined political activism, emphasizing the importance of every vote.

20. Reshma Saujani

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Founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani advocates for closing the gender gap in technology and empowering young women with the skills to pursue careers in STEM fields.

Future Forged

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These pioneers are not just participants in their fields; they are visionaries forging a more inclusive and equitable future. Their courage and commitment light the way, proving that when women lead, society advances. Trailblazers Triumph!

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