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The September issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands today, celebrates the iconic publication’s 20th anniversary with a portfolio of 20 women changing the world, including notable actors, activists, musicians, politicians, and business and fashion leaders. The 16-page feature, titled “20 Women Changing the World,” is centered on those who forged ahead to alleviate the problems facing women and girls across the globe, in the areas of health, education, violence, economic empowerment, and political engagement. It is also the largest issue in the publication’s history, weighing in at 452 total pages.

The “20 Women Changing the World” portfolio, with an introduction by Sheryl WuDunn (author with husband Nicholas Kristof of A Path Appears and Half the Sky), includes (listed alphabetically):

Kimberly Bryant, founder, Black Girls Code, for leveling the digital playing field

Barbara Bush, co-founder and CEO, Global Health Corps (GHC), for making health care personal, not political

Chelsea Clinton, vice chair, The Clinton Foundation, for shattering ceilings

Jennifer Garner, board member, Save the Children, for remembering those others forget

Melinda Gates, co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for never forgetting the women behind the numbers

Frida Giannini, co-founder, Chime for Change, for making change fashionable

Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder, Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), for turning tragedy into action

Dina Habib Powell, president, Goldman Sachs Foundation, for investing in women’s potential

Jennifer Hudson, co-founder, The Julian D. King Gift Foundation, for finding hope in loss

Alicia Keys, co-founder, Keep a Child Alive, for standing up to an epidemic

Rachel Lloyd, founder and CEO, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), for bringing victims into the light

Eva Longoria, founder, Eva Longoria Foundation, and co-founder, Eva’s Heroes, for empowering the Latina community

Nancy Lublin, CEO, Do Something, for doing good, again and again

Cecile Richards, president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, for always having our backs

Stephanie Schriock, president, Emily’s List, for transforming women into contenders

Shakira, founder, Barefoot Foundation, for building bridges to the future

Taylor Swift, philanthropist, for giving grief a voice

Tammy Tibbetts, co-founder and president, She’s the First, for altering destinies

Christy Turlington Burns, founder, Every Mother Counts, for breathing new life into maternal health

Olivia Wilde, co-founder, Conscious Commerce, for rethinking how we give

“Marie Claire has always celebrated women who are making a difference, and to celebrate our 20th anniversary, we looked for 20 women who are successfully carrying out the magazine’s mission to inspire, empower and engage women and girls around the world,” said Anne Fulenwider, editor-in-chief. “We couldn’t have found a more dynamic, diverse group of powerful women and I am beyond proud of the portfolio. I can’t wait for the next one!”

A companion piece to “20 Women Changing the World” will run in the November issue of Marie Claire featuring the winner of a contest the magazine created with Makers to find the readers who are giving back best. From September 1 to 7, those who visit (live on September 1) are invited to watch videos about three finalists and vote for the woman who most inspires them. The finalists are Emily Raleigh, Smart Girl’s Group, a nationwide collegiate organization giving girls a leg up; Azie Tesfai, Fortuned Culture, a jewelry line that raises funds for causes worldwide; and Alexa Pham, Chai Lai Orchid, an eco-lodge in Thailand that helps women avoid the sex trade.

Also in September issue, “Change Agents” features three power players – Deborah Turness, president of NBC News; Marissa Webb, creative director and executive vice president of design at Banana Republic; and Jennifer Hing, communications director at U.S. House Appropriations Committee – who, with vision, talent, and the guts to break with tradition, are reinventing the rules in their respective businesses. Additionally, “20 Women Changing the Ratio” and “Young Guns” both salute the ceiling-smashers and supersmart, successful women under 35, respectively.

The “20 Women Changing the World” feature, including video interviews and additional information, can be found on the Marie Claire website.