A nomadic lifestyle inspired Angela Tsai to found Mamachic, which designs versatile scarves that make life easier for new moms, and the products parents use more eco-friendly.
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Love for a Sensual Dance Fuels a Body-Positivity Mission
Oreet Jehassi Schwartz of Philadelphia designed SharQui, a belly dance class for fitness fans. Then it became the foundation for lasting a business — and a tool to help women around the world love the bodies they’ve got.
Building Schools and Futures in Central America
Boston’s Kate Curran started School the World to build schoolhouses and change the lives of children living in extreme poverty. It turns out she’s transforming the lives of privileged kids, too.
Ditching Corporate Life to Care for Kids Half a World Away
Maya Rowencak started her nonprofit, Maya’s Hope, after a life-changing visit to a Filipino orphanage. Through storytelling — and lots of legwork — she raises funds to give these children the care they deserve.
Combining Cold Facts and a Warm Heart to Empower African Women
Filipa Carreira of Mozambique runs research firm FC Consulting and its nonprofit project, Wamina, which supplies local women with reusable menstrual pads that keep them healthy and give them independence.
Turning Soap into Jobs for Iraqi Women
When Zinah Saleh and her female friends couldn’t land jobs in a post-war Baghdad, she started a business, Ishtar Handmade Soap. Now, she employs only women.
Announcing: The Passionate & Purposeful List
The outstanding entrepreneurial women featured on our 2017 list show how passion and purpose can ignite successful, impactful ventures — and how life circumstances inform what lights the fire inside of us.