What did they do?

Updated 12:55 PM ET, Thu December 26, 2013
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Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani student who was shot in the head by the Taliban, advocates for the right of all girls to an education. PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, from the punk band "Pussy Riot," was put in prison for speaking out against Russian President Vladimir Putin. MAKSIM BLINOV/AFP/Getty Images
Indians hold a candlelight vigil on the first anniversary of the brutal rape and murder of a young female physiotherapy student in New Delhi on December 16, 2012. Her tragedy awakened the world to the crisis of violence against women in India. Saurabh Das/AP
When the European Union nearly fell into the economic abyss, German Chancellor Angela Merkel played a key role in averting a crisis. LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty
Many believe that Hillary Clinton has a very good chance of becoming the next president of the United States. Susan Walsh/AP
Chilean voters have elected Michelle Bachelet as president twice. Her leadership shows that charisma and skill have no gender. Luis Hidalgo/AP
Janet Yellen was nominated by President Obama to become the world's most powerful banker, heading the U.S. Federal Reserve. Alex Wong/Getty Images
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, urges women to lean in to their ambitions. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images
Beyoncé shows that women entertainers can take control of their careers and carve their own paths. Mark Humphrey/AP
Despite repeated arrests, women activists are doggedly demanding their right to drive in Saudi Arabia.