Even with a hungry eye, we find it often too easy to overlook the quiet contribution many women make, so we really appreciate this Buzzfeed 2014 list of ’18 Badass women you’ve probably never heard about’ (to which we’re adding an extra two!). This collection of inspiring and courageous women walked through fear to shift the future in often hostile environments that range from the polls of Afganistan to the roadways of Saudi Arabia to the pages of glossy surf magazines and a Formula One race track. It’s a lot to take in at once.
We also want to add our admiration for close friends Donna Ferrato (conflict photographer and founder of IAMUNBEATABLE) and Robyn O’Brien (mom, advocate and author of an Unhealthy Truth who’s 2011 TEDx talk has been seen nearly one million times). Taking on the shockingly entrenched and protective worlds of domestic violence and industrial food (respectively) has led to countless moments of personal sacrifice and outright threat for the safety of each woman. And yet they keep at it. Evolving the conversation each year and measuring their progress way beyond a balance sheet. Expect to see and hear a lot more about both in the year ahead.
Image: Donna Ferrato