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INSPIRING FEMALES NEW YORK CITY

New York is a city that always has a sense of magic to it and no-where is this more evident than in the women who choose to call it home. From the politically-minded to the city's creatives, from the brave to the young, from the bold to the beautiful, here are 10 on our radar right now, who never fail to inspire us. Image: Juliana Malta on Unsplash.

1 Chirlane Irene McCray

Chirlane Irene McCray

Married to current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chirlane Irene McCray is the First Lady of New York City- but also a writer, activist, editor and poet. Tormented as a black girl growing up in a very white suburb, she authored a 1979 Essence article headlined "I Am a Lesbian" and now, as well as being a mother of two, is her husband's de facto chief strategist. An icon in her own right, McCray fights for quality healthcare, immigrants (like her grandparents) and planned parenthood. In her own words: "This movement is not about left vs. right. It is about making sure we don't allow human rights to get left behind. Let's keep making history."

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2 Elaine Welteroth

Elaine Welteroth

At the helm of of Teen Vogue, last April Elaine Welteroth became Conde Nast’s youngest-ever editor-in-chief and only the second African-American to serve as editor-in-chief of a Conde Nast publication. Steering the magazine’s print version into a more snappy, politically-engaged and savvy title, while she's just announced her departure, we eagerly await the 31 year-old's next move...

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Elizabeth Cutler & Julie Rice

SoulCycle has come a long way from when it started as a space with no exterior signage on the Upper West Side in 2006— so that when someone actually found them, they were treated like gold. Born out of co-founders (and momtrepreneurs) Elizabeth Cutler's & Julie Rice's frustration that they couldn't find a work out that was actually fun, they sold their stake to Equinox for an alleged payout of $90 million (each) in 2011 and left the business in 2016. Cutler & Rice now regularily inspire women all over the city (and globe) at entrepreneurial summits and events.

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Audrey Gelman

Former Hillary Clinton press-aide and longtime friend of Lena Dunham’s, Audrey Gelman is the co-founder of The Wing - perhaps the coolest female-only workspace ever. Gelman got the idea in 2015 after enduring that moment every girl-on-the-go experiences: changing in a gross coffee shop bathroom. The initial Wing rocked out in Soho, now there's Brooklyn, DC and Los Angeles and San Francisco coming soon.

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5 Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon

Best known as the most ambitious character in HBO's hit series Sex and the City, Nixon is reportedly considering running for governor of New York. Nixon, who is gay, is an education activist and has been vocal at recent political events and women's marches and is an outspoken critic of President Trump. Watch this space.

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6 Sasha Velour

Sasha Velour

Alexander Hedges Steinberg (born June 25, 1987), also known as Sasha Velour, is an American drag queen, artist and designer based in Brooklyn, New York. One of most cutting-edge queens, she produced and starred in “Nightgowns," a politically-charged and intelligent drag show and is also the creative force behind the bi-yearly print managazine Velour: The Drag Magazine.

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Charli Howard & Clementine Desseaux

Charli Howard and Clementine Desseaux founded the All Woman Project- a foundation aiming to better the life of girls and women by displaying a true, beautiful, positive and unretouched image of women in photo and video campaigns Their motto: "It's important that the beauty industry represents all kinds of beauties."

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Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code five years ago with the belief that computing skills are a critical path to security and prosperity in today’s job market. What began with 20 girls in the heart of New York City, has now touched the lives of over 40,000 girls all across the whole country. Saujania's own parents are refugees, who were expelled from Uganda in 1972, her mission? To teach girls coding and deconstruct the belief that coding is an exclusive boys’ club. From homeless shelters in Massachusetts, to the country’s most prestigious private schools, she's enlightening girls on code everywhere.

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9 Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman, author of the award-winning series Orange is The New Black, spent a year in a women's prison after her arrest and conviction on drug charges. She's now an advocate for better transitional services and pushes to change our modern-day prison structure for men, women and juveniles.

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10 Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor

A child of a South Bronx housing project, who's father was a factory worker who didn't speak English, Sonia Sotomayor, 59, was the first Latina ever appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals and only the third woman ever to sit on the high court. . Her message is always of unobjectionable hope and her empathy and listening is renowned - so too are her salsa dance skills.

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