11 Women Who Are Kicking Ass

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Old person magazine Fast Company just named it's “League of Extraordinary Women.” This mix of famous and biz-savvy ladies (including one DoSomething.org team member) is chock-full of social change. Among the list, we picked 11 stand-outs.

  1. Tammy Tibbetts (@tammytibbetts). Tibbetts (a DoSomething fav) founded She’s the First. The org sponsors the education for girls in developing countries.
  2. Molly Wilmer Barker (@MollyBarkerGOTR). She brings us Girls on the Run, an international non-profit that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through running.
  3. Nancy Lublin (@nancylublin). Our CEO and Chief Old Person! She leads our fearless staff in helping teens take action.
  4. Shakira (@shakira). Her hips don’t lie—she’s serious about doin’ good. The fiery singer founded Pies Descalzos (aka the Barefoot Foundation) and has donated 10,000 pairs of shoes to children in need in her hometown.
  5. Noorjahan Akbar (@noorakbar). As an Afghan native, she had the rare opportunity to receive an education. After studying in the US, she returned to her country and started an English-language center for around 400 women. Akbar is the co-founder of Young Women for Change, an org working for gender equality in Afghanistan.
  6. Tory Burch (@toryburch). The fashion designer founded an org (which shares her namesake) that provides economic opportunity to women and their families in the US.
  7. Marie Eitel (@nikefoundation). She’s the CEO and President of the Nike Foundation. Eitel works to unleash the “girl effect.” (A social/economic change that occurs when girls have opportunity.)
  8. America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera). The actress/producer is an Ambassador for Save the Children, which looks to create lasting change in the lives of kids in the US.
  9. Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys). No one, no onee, can take the place of this soulful singer. She’s an Ambassador for Keep A Child Alive. And has traveled to countries like Uganda, Kenya and South Africa to talk to young people there about AIDS.
  10. Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah). The Queen of daytime talk has donated millions towards various charities, with most of her money going towards The Angel Network, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation and The Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation.
  11. Nelly Yusupova (@DigitalWoman). The technical specialist and Internet, Web 2.0, and Social Media marketing expert/consultant is head of NYC Webgrrls. The chapter is the first and largest of Webgrrls International. Its mission is to help women succeed in a techie workplace.

What Can You Do?

Know a woman that's tots awesome-sauce but don't see her on the list? Tell us in the comments below. And whether you've got lady-parts or not, we want to hear how you're kicking ass (in a good way).