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We’re all for the rise of fictitious fearless women like Katniss Everdeen and Beatrice Prior. But in honor of July’s theme, we’re rolling out the red carpet for the who’ve empowered us with their major risk-taking moves IRL, from Keke Palmer to Sophia Amoruso. Who’s the boss now?
How she powered up: It’s hard to believe that it’s been less than a year since Bey blew us away by dropping a full-length visual album in the middle of the night. Without any promo machine whatsoever, she totally showed the music industry who’s boss.
How she powered up: A fashion blogger since the wee age of 12, Gevinson proved all of her skeptics wrong in 2011 by creating the truly magical Rookie Mag, an online publication for teenage girls that has since turned into a mini media empire all its own.
How she powered up:In June 2013, the Texan politician held a marathon filibuster (over 11 hours!) against a bill that sought to restrict women’s reproductive rights. Though the bill eventually passed, Davis’s “stand-in” ignited a wave of support. Look for her next on the state’s gubernatorial ballot this November.
How she powered up: With her fashion e-commerce venture Nasty Gal, Amoruso managed to turn an ebay shop for trendy vintage finds in to a $130 million business. This year, she chronicled her steps to success (along with other CEO best practices) in her best-selling book, #GIRLBOSS.
How she powered up: With years onstage and on-screen already under her belt, the 20 year-old actress and singer has now become the newest (and youngest ever) TV talk show host. Tune into Just Keke weekdays on BET for a daily dose of the star’s beyond-her-years wisdom.
How she powered up: After rising through the ranks at tech giants like Google and Facebook, Sandberg’s book Lean In has become a battle cry for female pros in every field.
How she powered up: As if she hadn’t already bestowed enough TV genius on us with hits like Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, in 2012 Rhimes delivered the pilot for Scandal, which brought the steely fixer Olivia Pope into our lives.
How she powered up: Following the mega-success of her beloved Harry Potter series, Rowling could’ve quit writing forever to relish in her millions. Instead, the author went back to doing what she does best—writing novels—by assuming the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith.
How she powered up: After quietly masterminding many of the hilarious scenes in The Office, the funny lady took the reigns of her own show, The Mindy Project, which brings the charm and wit of rom coms to our Tuesday nights.