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Six Powerful Women Taking Action: The Power of One to Make a Difference

By Emily Terrell

We believe in the power of one woman to make a difference. This week, we found stories of six women who are doing their part to impact the lives of many, in their communities and around the world. Each story shows the unique power of one woman, no matter where she is in the world and what trials she has to face. Do you know a story about a woman making a difference? Share her story with us in a comment below!

Amy Purdy—The amputee is the founder of Adaptive Action Sports, which creates action sports camps and events for youth and disabled veterans.Amy Purdy—The amputee is the founder of Adaptive Action Sports, which creates action sports camps and events for youth and disabled veterans.

Aung San Suu Kyi–The Burmese democracy activist is a symbol of hope to the world.Aung San Suu Kyi–The Burmese democracy activist is a symbol of hope to the world.

Beduith María Henao Beltrán–The Opportunity Colombia client rallied her fellow Trust Group members to improve the poor conditions of the local roads in Barranquilla, making life safer for her neighbors.Beduith María Henao Beltrán–The Opportunity Colombia client rallied her fellow Trust Group members to improve the poor conditions of the local roads in Barranquilla, making life safer for her neighbors.

Dawn Averitt—Averitt is the founder of the Well Project, a nonprofit improving the lives of women living with HIV/AIDS.Dawn Averitt—Averitt is the founder of the Well Project, a nonprofit improving the lives of women living with HIV/AIDS.

Katherine Chon—Chon was inspired to co-found the Polaris Project to combat human trafficking when she was still a college student.Katherine Chon—Chon was inspired to co-found the Polaris Project to combat human trafficking when she was still a college student.

Nargis Shearzad—Against all odds, Shearzad has opened an all-female gym in Kabul, Afghanistan, after overcoming a crippling fall when she was just a toddler.Nargis Shearzad—Against all odds, Shearzad has opened an all-female gym in Kabul, Afghanistan, after overcoming a crippling fall when she was just a toddler.

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