1. Constance Wu
Lack of diversity in mainstream media always troubled Constance Wu, an award-winning Taiwanese-American actor. A proponent of telling real stories, she strongly roots for Asian-American writers, directors, producers and actors.
2. Sonita Alizadeh
Call Sonita Alizadeh plucky. The rap video “Daughter for Sale” Sonita uploaded on YouTube saved her from a child marriage at the age of 16. After her music video was uploaded on YouTube, there was no looking back for this Afghan girl. Now, she’s a highly acclaimed rapper and an activist.
3. Amna Suleiman
Beating all stereotypes, Amna Suleiman almost flies with her bike and heads the cycling club for women in Gaza. While this may not be news in itself, consider the fact that Gaza is notorious for not allowing women past the age of puberty to cycle and it becomes immediately clear why Amna is a woman of substance. Amna is also a Qur’an teacher and an orphanage volunteer.
4. Pramila Jayapal
The first Indian-American woman to serve in the House of Representatives, Pramila Jayapal earlier made her mark with Hate Free Zone (now OneAmerica), an advocacy group for immigrants.
5. In Gee Chun
When 22-year-old South Korean golfer In Gee Chun won the Evian Championship in 2016, she walked into the record books in style. She lifted the trophy with a record score for anyone ever, male or female.
6. Stephanie Murphy
A business consultant, professor,and politician rolled into one,Stephanie Murphy is the first Vietnamese-American woman to be elected to Congress in 2016.
7. Negin Khpalwak
Fighting against all odds, Afghan teenager Negin Khpalwak made music her life and now wields the baton for an orchestra of 35 women at the Afghanistan National Institute for Music.