TIME has crowned twelve new women as its WOTYs — the usual mix of business leaders and philanthropists and a few so-called normals, with a smattering of celebrities who might be awesome but also ensure the issue gets plenty of attention. Don’t miss the story of Zahra Joya, the Afghan journalist who once dressed in boys’ clothes to disguise herself so that she could attend school, built a career reporting on women’s issues in her home country, and then had to flee it when the Taliban seized control. (Her parents are still in hiding.) Or Jennie Joseph, a crusader for maternal and infant mortality. Or Amanda Nguyen, a Harvard grad, former NASA intern and State Department employee, and founder of Rise, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the rights of sexual assault survivors (of which she is one); she was a proponent of the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act, and she’s been active about protesting — and bringing attention to — the increase in violence against Asian Americans. The full list of women also includes Amal Clooney, Kerry Washington, anti-social-media-bullying activist Tracy Chou, Kacey Musgraves, Allyson Felix, NASDAQ CEO Adena Friedman, Amanda Gorman, Sherilyn Ifill, and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez.

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