9 Women from Our "Fierce List" Name the Women They Admire Most

Inspiring women reveal who inspires them

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Rosa Parks. She faced down her fears, and she was victorious!” —Antoinette Tuff

Chantal Petitclerc, a remarkable wheelchair racer whose strength and power set the standard for all wheelchair athletes.” —Tatyana McFadden

Dr. Jane Goodall. She was content living her dream in the forest. But she realized that in order to truly save the chimpanzees and their habitat, she couldn’t staywhere she was. She had to leave behind the life she loved and bring her message to the world.” —Jo-Anne McArthur

“My 12-year-old daughter, Eliza. So bold and complicated.” —Jenji Kohan

Mama Chepa, my grandmother, who was the matriarch of our village in Mexico. She was compassionate, generous and a fantastic cook. She inspired me to do things outside my comfort zone.”  —Amelia Morán Ceja

“Frances Perkins, the first woman U.S. secretary of labor. She witnessed the [1911] Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire,which killed so many women, and made it her mission to create decent working conditions.” —Madeline Janis

"Aung San Suu Kyi. She endured decades of confinement in Burma with grace and patience and is now poised to lead her country with compassion and brilliance.” —Arlene Blum

“The late Maimouna Traore. She was one of the first village women [in Senegal] to stand up bravely against female genital cutting in the face of strong opposition.” —Molly Melching

María Santos Gorrostieta gave her life to stopping the violent drug cartel in her small Mexican town of Tiquicheo.” —Diana Nyad

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First published in the May 2014 issue

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