These women haven’t won Nobel Prizes or hit the speaking circuit. But they’re pushing boundaries, changing norms, saving lives, and speaking up — even where bad news dominates the headlines.
14. Norma Andrade seeks answers, and justice, in Juarez
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To be a woman in Juarez is to be in danger. Since 1993, an estimated 1,000 women have been murdered there (though activists say that number is conservative and too low). One of them was Norma Andrade’s daughter. In response, Andrade foundedNuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa (May Our Daughters Return Home), and she demanded justice for the femicide happening in her town. In 2011, she was shot multiple times; in 2012, her face was slashed by a male assailant. That doesn’t intimate her: this past Christmas, her organization decorated Christmas trees with the faces of missing women.