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Top 25 Women Who Are Empowering Women

They're running companies, selling out venues, filibustering in pink sneakers, and (maybe) becoming the next president.

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23. Tammy Duckworth

Via huffingtonpost.com

Veteran. Champion. Obstacle-overcomer. First disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. First Asian-American woman elected to Congress in Illinois.

19. Jada Pinkett Smith

Via my.opera.com

Actress. Outspoken good-doer. "I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are her domain. ...Even little girls should not be a slave to the preconceived ideas of what a culture believes a little girl should be." — To critics condemning her parenting of daughter, Willow

18. Kristen Wiig

Via obykyfiza.freeiz.com

Comedic genius. SNL alum. Leading lady. "The fact there's a poster with six women on it, and that's this crazy thing — it just shouldn't be." — On her comedy, Bridesmaids

15. Stefani Germanotta

Via patdollard.com

Newsmaker. Inspirer. Mother Monster. "If I was a guy, and I was sitting here with a cigarette in my hand, grabbing my crotch... you'd call me a rock star. But when I do it in my music and in my videos, because I'm a female, because I make pop music, you're judgmental, and you say that it is distracting. I'm just a rock star."

8. Beyonce Knowles

Via palloc.com

Performer. Powerhouse. Record-breaker. "Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I'm just a woman and I love being a woman."

7. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

AP: MARK SHERMAN / Via news.yahoo.com

Second-ever female Supreme Court Justice. Progressive. Snarky badass. "The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman's life, to her well-being and dignity. When the government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a full adult human responsible for her own choices."

3. Hillary Clinton

Via celebritydiagnosis.com

Pioneer. Potential first female president of the U.S. Self-proclaimed hair icon. "There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives."

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