CNN 10: Visionary Women

Published 11:50 AM ET, Wed March 26, 2014
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This Women's History Month, CNN set out to highlight the efforts of 10 women who are helping other women find success, self-esteem and sometimes a safe haven. Click through the gallery to learn more about the CNN 10: Visionary Women.

Arie Horie is the founder and CEO of Women's Startup Lab, a technology industry accelerator designed to help female startup founders flourish in a field dominated by men.
Laura Bates is the founder of Everyday Sexism, an online campaign that calls out sexist attitudes and behavior that have come to feel normal.
Meg Medina, author of "Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass," wants her books to reflect the experience of bi-cultural Hispanic teens through universal themes that any American teen can relate to. In January, Medina won the Pura Belpre award, the American Library Association's top award for Latino children's and youth authors "whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth."
Victoria Budson, executive director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School, has dedicated more than 20 years of her career toward women's equality. Her work focuses on closing the gender wage and opportunity gap through research, training and professional partnerships.
Molly Cantrell-Kraig is the founder of Women With Drive Foundation, which connects women with vehicles to move them toward independence. In exchange, women must participate in programs to help them achieve self-sufficiency, such as GED classes, job training or financial literacy courses.
Iranian fashion designers Naghmeh Kiumarsi and Farnaz Abdoli have drawn international attention recently for collections that shake up old standards and show another side of Iranian women. Both designers' collections are dominated by colorful prints, interpreted silhouettes and lightweight fabrics, a cognizant, forward-thinking aesthetic that suits the climate and state dress codes.
Veronika Scott is founder and CEO of The Empowerment Plan, which employs homeless women to make heavy-duty, lightweight coats that turn into sleeping bags. This year, The Empowerment Plan expects to launch a "buy one, give one" program that will make it sustainable beyond the donations and sponsorships that keep it running now.
Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, has spent her career fighting for service workers to get a fair wage in a respectful, safe environment. Most of those workers are women. Through ROC-United, she is working to shore up support to persuade Congress to pass the Miller-Harkin Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would, for the first time since 1991, raise the federal minimum wage for workers who received a substantial portion of their income through tips.
50 Cents. Period. works to dismantle the stigma around menstruation by teaching marginalized girls and women about reproductive health and providing infrastructure support. Lorrie L. King started the organization after learning that many young women miss school each month for their period.
San Francisco mom and biotech engineer Kimberly Bryant couldn't find computer programming opportunities for her 12-year-old daughter. To address the need, she started Black Girls Code, which provides computer programming classes and boot camps to girls of color.