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Shalane Flanagan, the first American woman to win the New York City marathon in 40 years, is a trailblazer in more ways than one. In 2009, she pioneered a new way of training, bringing together a group of professional female distance runners who train together and build each other up.
Sheskalo Pandey, 14, from Kapilvastu, Nepal, went on a hunger strike when her parents suggested she marry. She came up with a plan to make handicrafts to pay for her school fees, and won her brother over to her side.