Women of Impact II
BY ASKING "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is teaching a generation of women how to find success in their work and lives. Her new book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, has galvanized a national conversation t women and leadership.
SISTER SIMONE CAMPBELL
WHO KNEW nuns could be so feisty? Sister Simone Campbell and her fellow nuns stormed America's roadways last summer to protest Paul Ryan's budget plan over its cuts to social services for the poor.
SYRIA'S WAR WITNESS
BEFORE CIVIL war engulfed her country, Nour Kelze was an English teacher in Aleppo. Now she's documenting the government's atrocities as a self-trained photojournalist in the heart of Syria's battleground.
TANZANIA'S DISEASE HUNTER
EVERY YEAR 300,000 children are born with sickle cell disease; without treatment, most of them will die. Enter Tanzania's Julie Makani, who is conducting a landmark genetic study that could revolutionize treatment.
WOMEN OF THE MILITARY
AFTER THE ACLU sued the Defense Department on behalf of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans Zoe Bedell, Jennifer Hunt, Mary Jennings Hegar, and Colleen Farrell, 65 years after women were allowed a permanent place in the military, they saw a whole new world come into focus. The Pentagon lifted restrictions on women serving in combat units, opening more than 200,000 frontline positions for them, and, most important, removed a longstanding barrier for career advancement.
GOLF'S GIRL WONDER
IN 2012 Lydia Ko, the 15-year-old golfing sensation from New Zealand, became the youngest person ever to win an LPGA tournament--and she is now the top-ranked female amateur player in the world. The sports prodigy--who has been playing tournaments since age 7--recently decided she won't go pro for at least another year. Look for her to be a top contender in Rio at the 2016 Olympics.
SOUTH AFRICA'S CONSCIENCE
"THE COUNTRY needs a new beginning," said South Africa's anti-apartheid veteran Dr. Mamphela Ramphele at the launch of her new political party, Agang, in February. "And it's not going to happen with the current players." If anyone is well poised to call the African National Congress out on its rot, it's this fearless gadfly.
ELLA FITZGERALD called her "the greatest white female singer in the world." Johnny Carson asked her to perform on his show a record 76 times. She's about to turn 85, yet Marilyn Maye sings "Take Five" like she's 35, to rave reviews and standing ovations from a new generation of Mayeniacs enthralled by the indefatigable, mesmerizing master.
CLAUDIA PAZ Y PAZ
GUATEMALA'S TOP COP
HERS MIGHT be the most dangerous job in Central America. As attorney general, Claudia Paz y Paz takes on crime bosses and drug gangs, even putting former dictator Efrain Rios Montt on trial on charges of human-rights abuses that spanned 36 years. Next she's on a mission to end Guatamela's staggering problem of violence against women.
CHINESE ACTIVIST, MISSING
EARLY LAST summer, 17-year -old Jigme Dolma stood alone in the center of her town in Sichuan province, throwing leaflets and calling for freedom for Tibet. Beaten by the police, she spent two months in the hospital and was sentenced to three years in prison. She remains in jail in an unknown location.
AT 9, Quvenzhane Wallis became the youngest actress ever nominated for an Oscar for her charming performance in the indie film Beasts of the Southern Wild. The role also helped her land the coveted lead in Will Smith's remake of Annie, due out next year. …