Making a difference

Women from TIME 100 whose success outweighs their fame

U.S. Olympic team fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad in Los Angeles, California, March 9, 2016. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

TIME has profiled 13 women from their list of The 100 Most Influential People whose impact on the world far exceeds their fame. Here’s a brief preview of four of the women, and their incredible accomplishments.

Jaha Dukureh, a Gambian activist, had her clitoris and labia removed, and her vagina stitched almost entirely shut, when she was only a week old. Dukureh is fighting to end female genital mutilation, and after her Change.org petition garnered 220,000 signers, the Obama administration announced they would commision a report on how to stop the practice.

Christiana Figueres, a Costa Rican diplomat and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since 2010, successfully led the 2015 Paris climate conference that produced an agreement committing nearly 200 countries to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Dr. Kathy Niakan is the first biologist ever to receive regulatory approval to edit and permanently change the genes of human embryos. Her research into the genetic basis of embryo development could help develop new treatments for infertility.

And Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first Muslim woman who observes Hijab to quality for the U.S. Olympic Fencing team, is an outspoken critic of anti-Muslim rhetoric whose upcoming appearance at the Olympics, wearing hijab, has inspired pride in American Muslims.

Read the full list at TIME.

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