- Defy expectations: Queen Rania is a 21st-century queen in an old-world Jordan. She tweets, she blogs, she launches her own YouTube channel, and she gets named "the globe's most tech-savvy monarch" by Forbes.
- Cause a ruckus: When Constance McMillen's Mississippi's high school wouldn't let her wear a tux to her prom or bring a girl as her date, she filed a report with the American Civil Liberties Union. The result? A lawsuit, a cancelled prom, and the wrath of her fellow students. "I didn't want everyone to hate me," Constance said. "But sometimes you got to do what you got to do."
- Break a record: Athletes like soccer player Mia Hamm, basketball star Lisa Leslie, and skier Lindsey Vonn are raising the bar for women and men athletes; meanwhile, Katie Spotz set the record for being the youngest woman to cross the Atlantic solo.
- Balance celebrity and life: Julia Roberts starred in Eat Pray Love, produced a documentary on motherhood for Oprah's new network (OWN), and filmed a new movie, Larry Crowne, due out next Summer, all while doing that female wonder: raising kids and (let's be honest) staying beautiful.
- Channel Mother Teresa: Dr. Hawa Abdi, an ob-gyn, runs a displaced-persons camp in Somalia with her two daughters despite daily violence; and 17-year-old Kendall Ciesemier turned her own tragedy (a rare liver disease) into charity by directing well-wishers to AIDS orphans in Africa.
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- Run a country: All 18 female presidents and prime ministers made this year's list. See, it's not that hard!
- Be predictably unpredictable: Designer Donatella Versace manages to create feminine designs consistently while surprising everyone year in and out.
- Stay relevant for 40 years: From songwriting to acting to activism, Cher has never disappeared from the public conscious since she entered it in the '60s.
- Do it all: Fergie was crowned 2010's Woman of Year for embodying nearly all these ideals. Her lone-girl status in the Black Eyed Peas says girl power, yet her solo act ensures she can do it on her own. The rest of her life checks off like an impressive college application: philanthropy work for AIDS and cancer, a side project (her fragrance), and awards (six Grammys!).
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