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Top 10 girls who pushed back

Inspired by the new docu-series PUSH GIRLS, which features four outspoken women rollin’ large, we decided to write about ten women under 40 who push back in their own way. To help us narrow down the list (and not totally lose our minds), we kept it contemporary, which is why you won’t find Joan of Arc, Anne Frank or Rosa Parks below. Even so, it was near impossible to choose just ten young women who embody empowerment. Who else should have been on this list? Let us know in the comments section!

10. Esraa Abdel Fattah (33)

Most Americans can’t remember her name, let alone how to spell it, but as “Facebook Girl,” Esraa Abdel Fattah will go down in history. She is the online activist and blogger who helped organize, and then live-blogged, the 2011 protests in Tahrir Square in Egypt — a revolt which toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak. Abdel Fattah got her nickname back in 2008, when she started a Facebook group to support a textile workers’ strike and was subsequently jailed for two weeks. Her next step? She runs a non-profit which trains women to become political leaders, and she wants to run for parliament herself. So…what have you done with your Facebook account lately?

If you can’t stand up, stand out! PUSH GIRLS airs on Mondays at 10P starting June 4th.