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Yao Chen

In 2014, Forbes listed Chinese actress Yao Chen as the 83rd most powerful woman in the world. Born in the Fujian province of China, the star of rom-coms and action flicks has been dubbed the Angelina Jolie of China. Yao Chen made her acting debut in 2005’s My Own Swordsman. She went on to play in the show, Undercover, and made her stage debut as the heroine of A Story of Lala’s Promotion in 2009. Chen won the Golden Eagle Award for Best Actress in 2010. A media darling Chen is a beautiful, young woman, wife and mother. She could settle comfortably into her own little world and simply bask in fame if she chose to do so. Far from hiding behind her fame, Yao Chen uses it to advocate for the charities and environmental and human rights causes she supports, one of which is the United Nations Refugee Agency.…

Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes is the founder and CEO of Theranos, a health and technology startup, and the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world. Her company pioneered blood testing technology in diagnostic labs. A native of Washington, D.C., she became interested in computer programming in her high school years. It was then she started her first business selling C++ compilers to Chinese universities. Holmes was a President’s Scholar at Stanford University, eventually dropping out of Stanford to pursue funding for her vision of a consumer healthcare technology company. She used what would have been her tuition money to jumpstart the fundraising. Tackling the worlds of science, technology and entrepreneurship, Holmes raised $6 million to fund Theranos, which set out to improve blood testing accuracy and pioneer new and improved blood testing technology. Among Holmes’ accomplishments, she was featured in Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year and 40 Under 40 lists, named one…

Cristina Fernández De Kirchner

Although not the first woman President of Argentina, lawyer and politician, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, became the first woman elected, as opposed to appointed, as the President of Argentina in 2007.  De Kirchner was born in La Plata, Buenos Aires Province to a single mother. After starting college with aspirations on becoming a psychologist, she decided to study law instead, and switched to that major. She married fellow law student, Néstor Kirchner in 1973, and upon his graduation, moved to his hometown of Río Gallegos. Following their move, Cristina completed her degree through a series of exams. Her political opponents have taken her to trial four times in regards to her education and degree. These opponents have asserted claims that she never actually earned a degree in law from National University of La Plata. At the conclusion of each trial, each judge ruled that she does in fact have the…