What drives Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a veteran of the Iraq war, to keep fighting for her core principles? Or comedian and writer Aparna Nancherla to not pull any punches and share her singular, plugged-in perspective? Whatever the motivation, there’s no denying that each of the 10 women in this list are shaping our culture in their own particular way.
But for every breakout performer or dedicated politician, there are thousands of others who are also contributing their creativity and energy to untold causes, movements and projects effecting the lives of millions. We applaud these tenacious women who are sure to inspire future generations to strive for a better tomorrow. As Gal Gadot, star of this summer’s blockbuster hit Wonder Woman, stated in our cover story: “Every woman, every man, everyone should be a feminist. Because whoever is not a feminist is a sexist.”