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Who: Malala YousafzaiWhy she inspires us: Yousafzai survived a Taliban assassination attempt as retaliation for her activism for girls’ education and went on to be the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.What she taught us: With Malala, it’s hard to know where to start: at the age of 20, she is already changing the world through her words and her work.
Who: Meghan MarkleWhy she inspires us: From civil rights activist, to prime-time actress to future British princess, there is no role Markle cannot play.What she taught us: Her style, her career and her political views mean that Markle is bringing the Royal Family into the 21st century (frankly, whether they like it or not).
Who: Ruth Bader GinsburgWhy she inspires us: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and co-founder of the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, Bader Ginsburg is our legal idol (sorry Elle Woods).What she taught us: Through her various verdicts, supporting women’s rights, LGBT causes and racial equality, she proved that she deserves the affectionate moniker of the Notorious R.B.G.
Who: Rosalind FranklinWhy she inspires us: Largely overlooked member of the team who discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.What she taught us: We have to celebrate our achievements, even when others don’t (or, in this case, try to deliberately ignore your contribution).
Who: Hedy LamarrWhy she inspires us: Actress and scientist, her work on a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes during World War Two contributed to the development of modern Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology.What she taught us: Beauty and brains are never mutually exclusive.