13 Badass Women And Girls You May Not Have Heard About In 2017

So get to know them now!

1. Catherine V. Harry, a 23-year-old who's using social media to tear down Cambodia's sexist views of women.

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Harry has built a popular blog and vlog series in Cambodia by talking about women's health, online harassment, sexual health, and beauty standards.

Some of the subjects are considered taboo in the country, where traditional gender roles are very much still the norm.

"No Cambodian person has ever done this before in Khmer," she told BuzzFeed News. "People see the reaction I get and people are scared by that. It's not very pleasant to get all the harassment and all the negativity."

However, she has many young fans, and a video she did on female virginity got over 2 million views. She hopes to start her own foundation someday.

2. Mikayla Holmgren, the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in a Miss USA state pageant.

3. Danica Roem, the first openly transgender person to be elected and seated in a US state legislature.

4. Zahra Nouri, who went viral for casually holding her baby while managing the Iranian national women's rugby team.

Iranian mother holding her newborn in her arms coaches her rugby team Tehran's Stars

Nouri also works with Setaregan ("Star") RFC, a team based in Tehran.

5. Hailey Dawson, a 7-year-old girl with a 3D-printed hand who is on her way to meeting her goal of throwing out the first pitch at every Major League Baseball park.

6. Rebeca Sinohara, an engineering student who put her own spin on those "getting ready" bridal photos.

7. Yuka Ogata, a Japanese politician who sparked a big debate in her country by bringing her son to work.

8. Ilhan Omar, who this year officially became the first Somali-American state lawmaker in US history.

9. Savannah Kestor, a 13-year-old girl who announced she is gay to the congregation at her Mormon church.

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“No part of me is a mistake,” Savannah told her church, according to the New York Times. “I do not choose to be this way, and it is not a fad.”

Savannah's microphone was cut off before she was able to continue her speech.

“I think they did that because they didn’t want my message,” Savannah told the newspaper. “I don’t want to be mean to them if this isn’t true, but I felt like they were scared of me and what I was saying.”

10. Feminista Jones, who used her social media platform to inspire millions of women to agree with the compliments they are given by men.

11. This woke little girl, who made her own sign for the Women's March.

12. Larissa Waters, an Australian lawmaker who made headlines by breastfeeding her child in the Australian Senate.

13. Ash Soto, who turned her body into artwork after being bullied for years for having a skin condition.


Hailey's last name is Dawson, a fact misstated in a previous version of this story.

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