Women of Impact VI

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RACHEL STERNE

DIGITAL URBAN PLANNER

CAN NEW York City become a tech hub? That was Mayor Michael Bloomberg's hope as he enlisted Rachel Sterne as the city's first chief digital officer. Now, the founder of the citizen-journalism site GroundReport is luring tech startups to try out the Big Apple.

ANDEISHA FARID

AFGHAN-CHILD CHAMPION

SHE SPENT her childhood in refugee camps--and now Andeisha Farid's organization runs orphanages that invest in equal education for boys and girls.

SUNITHA KRISHNAN

INDIA'S ANTI-TRAFFICKER

WHEN SUNITHA Krishnan was 15, she was gang raped by eight men. Now in her 40s, Krishnan's organization, Prajwala, steps in to help women and children being forced into prostitution.

CHLOE SLADDEN

QUEEN OF TWEETS

AS TWITTER'S head of media, Chloe Sladden is evangelizing to TV stations, newsrooms, musicians, and athletes by encouraging them to connect with their fans in 140-character chirps.

TORY BURCH

FASHION'S FAIRY GODMOTHER

FEW WOMEN are able to build fashion empires at their kitchen tables; fewer still teach others how to do the same and make efforts to pass on some of their wealth and knowledge. Newly minted billionaire Tory Burch, whose lines of clothing and accessories are worn by millions, founded the Tony Burch Foundation in order to mentor young women about microfinance and owning their own businesses. Give it time, and soon we'll be ushering in a new generation of young billionaires with a penchant for philanthropy.

CHRISTINA PAXSON

LEAGUE OF HER OWN

APPOINTED PRESIDENT of Brown in 2012, Christina Paxson is no stranger to breaking academia's glass ceilings. During high school, she was the only girl in her advanced computer-programming class.

MARILLYN HEWSON

CORPORATE POWERHOUSE

WITH 30 years at Lockheed Martin, there was no one better equipped than Marillyn Hewson to step in as president and CEO earlier this year. She now sits atop the Pentagon's largest contractor as defense spending cuts are looming.

RINA AMIRI

INSIDER ADVISER

WHEN AFGHAN Rina Amiri approached former U.S. special envoy Richard Holbrooke on a flight to discuss her country's troubled elections, he hired her as a senior adviser. Now she's hard at work at the State Department.

SUSAN RICE

DIPLOMAT TO THE WORLD

THE RHODES scholar turned North Africa expert has become one of President Obama's most trusted aides during his time in office. As America's ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice has helped lead the administration's response to high-profile diplomatic incidents, from the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, to North Korea's nukes.

ME N MA GIRLS

BURMA'S POP STARS

JUST A few years ago, Burma's music scene was limited to a few cover bands. Then came the Me N Ma Girls, the country's first all-girl hip-hop group. Last year they released the first political song ever to hit Burma. Their message to the five and a half million Burmese who fled during the decades of military rule and impoverishment: it is time to "Come Back Home."

NATALIA VODIANOVA

BEAUTY ON THE INSIDE

ONE OF the globe's top earning models, Natalia Vodianova's life began in a poor district of Gorky. Today her Naked Heart Foundation supports children in her native land, building playgrounds and fighting Russia's epidemic of child abandonment.

JEHANE NOUJAIM

EGYPT'S DOCUMENTARIAN

JEHANE NOUJAIM'S film The Square provides an upclose account of Cairo's Tahrir Square uprising and the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Now two years after the revolution, it received raves at Sundance.

KAVITA SHUKLA

GREEN INVENTOR

JUST ADD herbs. Who knew the solution to contaminated drinking water ending up in food would be so simple? …