Gretchen Carlson, an anchor at Fox News, sued the network for sexual harassment -- the opening volley of a battle that led to the departure of Fox News chief Roger Ailes and the exposure of a toxic workplace culture.
Seven-year-old Bana al-Abed, through her plaintive messages on Twitter, helped tell the world heartbreaking truths about life in the besieged city of Aleppo.
At 35, Serena Williams is a legend in the world of tennis for her 22 major singles titles. She has become a superstar in a sport that has a history of dismissing a woman's achievements.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made some controversial decisions, including opening Germany's doors to refugees, but remains a guardian of the West's democratic principles.
Mary Barra, CEO and Chair of General Motors, is the first female leader of a major car company. She has successfully steered GM in a fiercely competitive global market.
Despite her loss in 2016, Hillary Clinton made history as the first woman to lead a major party ticket, received nearly three million more popular votes than Donald Trump and paved the way for what seems inevitable: The eventual first woman president of the United States.