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Women's Leadership

Includes Info and Images from the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Awards series started in 2000: http://www.womensenews.org/21leaders

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is an essential champion for women's rights and equality. She is currently the executive director of UN Women, a United Nations entity that works towards gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide. Mlambo-Ngcuka was honored as on of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews on Tuesday, May 6 2014. She could not attend the event, this is her pre-recorded acceptance speech.

Heather Arnet's one-hour documentary film, "Madame Presidentá: Why Not U.S.?," is both a tribute to her grandmother, Vivian Goldstein, whose mother was a suffragist, and a call to action to her generation to increase the chances of a woman becoming president of the United States. Arnet was honored as on of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews on Tuesday, May 6 2014. This is her acceptance speech.

For lawyer and politician Reshma Saujani, preparing young women for well-paying jobs in computing and engineering is the highest priority. The founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Saujani heads the national nonprofit organization aimed at closing the gender gap in technology. Saujani was honored as on of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews on Tuesday, May 6 2014. This is her acceptance speech.

Lynn Grefe currently serves as president and CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), following a career that included lobbying state and federal governments for protections of women's and teens' reproductive health. At NEDA she works to educate, advocate and spread awareness about eating disorders. Grefe was honored as on of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews on Tuesday, May 6 2014. This is her acceptance speech.

The stories of young women are powerful enough to unleash a quake that will produce a tidal wave of change. This is the belief of Denise Restauri, the founder and CEO of GirlQuake. Through multiple platforms, Restauri amplifies the voices of women and girls who are creating a global force of positive change. Restauri was honored as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews on Tuesday, May 6 2014. This is her acceptance speech.

Photojournalist Paola Gianturco's powerful images--from Nepalese trekkers to activist grandmothers--along with her rich narratives, are published as luscious coffee-table books, with 100 percent of the author royalties donated to organizations committed to improving the lives of women and girls. GIanturco was honored as on of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews on Tuesday, May 6 2014. This is her acceptance speech.

For the first time in 21 Leaders' history, a man has been selected as the recipient of the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism. Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. is a direct descendant of two of the best-known Americans from the 19th and early 20th centuries: Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. He continues his family's legacy of anti-slavery and educational work as the founder and president of the Atlanta-based public charity Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives.

Published on May 18, 2014 In the male dominated tech world, Shelly Esque has certainly made her presence known, particularly with her innovative work for women and girls at Intel, the world's largest and highest valued semiconductor chip maker. Esque was honored as on of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews on Tuesday, May 6 2014. This is her acceptance speech.

Before most recently becoming executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University, she was the first United States ambassador-at-large for global women's issues during Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. Verveer also served as Hillary Clinton's chief of staff during the Clinton administration. Verveer was honored as on of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews on Tuesday, May 6 2014. This is her acceptance speech.

The daughter of a Sierra Leonean woman with no formal education, Zainab Hawa Bangura became known for documenting sexual violence against women and speaking out against the atrocities and corruption during that nation's decade-long civil war. Bangura was honored as on of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews on Tuesday, May 6 2014. This is her acceptance speech.

Elyse Cherry was only 12 years old when she first argued her way into a "man's job." She and a friend tried to sign up for paper routes in Revere, their hometown near Boston. But the man in charge dismissed them, because paper routes were only for boys. Cherry was honored as on of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews on Tuesday, May 6 2014. This is her acceptance speech.

Emily Nielsen Jones, a donor-activist passionate about human equality and peace, has made it her mission to transform women's and girls' rights through religion. Jones, who grew up in a religious environment, is a self-described "holy thorn" in the side of complacent religious attitudes. Jones was honored as on of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews on Tuesday, May 6 2014. This is her acceptance speech.

Once upon a time, such as in the year 1966, female college graduates with degrees in business administration, and who had made the dean's list consistently, would not be hired by businesses. The serial innovative philanthropist Winsome McIntosh faced this exact challenge. McIntosh was honored as on of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews on Tuesday, May 6 2014. This is her acceptance speech.

On Jill Sheffield's 27th birthday while volunteering at the Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi, she met a Kenyan woman, also 27, who had six surviving children from 11 pregnancies. The meeting changed the course of Sheffield's life, who now changes the lives of women across the globe. Sheffield was honored as on of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews on Tuesday, May 6 2014. This is her acceptance speech.

For the 200,000 female domestic workers in Lebanon work should be compared to modern day slavery, say critics.

Workers' Day in Lebanon Targets 'Kefala' System | Womens eNews

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"Some fights are worth the scars" #21leader Sandra Fluke fighting for women's rights across America.