(LOS ANGELES) — Who are the country’s most awesome women? Next month, in an issue guest-edited by Scandal creator/producer Shonda Rhimes, Good Housekeeping magazine will publish its annual list of the top 25.
This year’s list includes women who are making a difference in their communities, to famous women using their celebrity to encourage change.
“A lot of women inspire me,” Rhimes told Good Housekeeping. “I think most of the people I meet everyday are interesting. I have this theory that everyone has a story.”
“The only difference between a woman and an awesome woman is how you define yourself,” she added.
On Monday’s Good Morning America, Good Housekeeping editor-in-chief Jane Francisco said a team of people, including Rhimes, had the task of selecting a diverse group of women who were mentoring others, fighting for equal rights, working in their communities and tackling tough issues such as gender bias, body image and equal access to education.
The honorees include Jane Chen, a woman whose company created a low-cost infant warmer that helps babies in developing nations survive; Beverly Bond, the woman behind the Black Girls Rock! Awards show; and Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.
Also on the list is GMA news anchor Amy Robach, featured for her public fight with breast cancer and her work to raise awareness of the importance of screening. Also making the list is former Dancing with the Stars hoofer-turned The View co-host Candace Cameron Bure, who was heralded for talking about her struggle with an eating disorder.
Here’s the full list:
Adina Bailey, 42: Cofounder, Take Them a Meal
Jane Chen, 37: CEO and cofounder, Embrace Innovations
Karissa Bodnar, 27: Founder and CEO, Thrive Causemetics
Tami Halton Pardee, 45: Owner and CEO of Halton Pardee + Partners
Angie Nwandu, 26: CEO, The Shade Room
Beverly Bond, 45: Founder of Black Girls Rock!
Jessica Knoll, 32: Best-selling novelist, Luckiest Girl Alive
Randi Zuckerberg, 34: Entrepreneur
Ingrid Nilsen, 27: Lifestyle expert and YouTube personality
Glynnis MacNichol, 41 + Rachel Sklar, 43: Founders, TheLi.st
Renata Mutis Black, 37: Founder, Empowered by You
Luvvie Ajayi, 31: Writer; executive director and cofounder, The Red Pump Project
Linda Rodin, 68: Founder and creative director, Rodin Olio Lusso
Rebecca Minkoff, 35: Fashion designer
GloZell Green, 44: Online comedian
Ashley Eckstein, 34: President, Her Universe
Ashley Jung, 34 + Paige Dellavalle Walker, 29: CEO and Chief Creative Officer, Stella Valle
Candace Cameron, 40: Co-host, The View
Wendi Levy, 47 + Kim Etheredge, 45: Founders, Mixed Chicks
Amy Robach, 43: News anchor, Good Morning America
Geena Davis, 60: Founder, The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media:
Alexandra Bernadotte, 46: Founder and CEO, Beyond 12
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