How One Industrial Designer Revolutionizes Community Health

Jasmine Burton is putting her creative potential to great use.

When Jasmine learned that pubescent girls often drop out of school because they lack toilets, she made it her 18-year-old mission to design toilets. Since then, Jasmine hasn’t slowed down.

Jasmine’s transforming water, sanitation and hygiene in communities that lack the resources to build safe systems for themselves. Jasmine does this by harnessing her design skills to build systems that support people, specifically women and minorities. In our interview, Jasmine describes her life as 1 of 9 Americans in a Global Health fellowship in Zambia and her 3 tips for designers seeking to make the world a better place.

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How One Founder and Social Innovator Makes Magic Happen

Lisa Mae Brunson is bringing women and minorities to the forefront of technology. And she’s using the technology they create to change the world.

The technology Lisa Mae and her team create tackle issues of equality, diversity and disconnection in humanity. What does this look like? In a recent hackathon hosted by Wonder Women Hacks, the company Lisa Mae founded, the winning team created an app that addresses human trafficking.

For Lisa Mae, social good is the backbone for all her initiatives. It hasn’t been easy for Lisa Mae–she’s dealt with little recognition and no funding. In our interview, Lisa Mae explains how she stays motivated, why she encourages people to mentor and support one another and what it truly takes to succeed as a female founder (warning: it involves only 4 or 5 hours of sleep a night!).

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One Gutsy Traveler’s Secret To Doing What She Loves

Caylee Pugh trusts her intuition and it’s taking her places.

Caylee has spent much of her life traveling the world. She’s been a foreign exchange student in Germany, studied abroad in Costa Rica, taught English in Vietnam and now lives in Thailand. Throughout her travels, the most valuable lesson Caylee’s learned is the power of her own intuition and acting upon her gut feelings.

Caylee’s collected insights into people, what success looks like, and alternative lifestyles, all of which make her an excellent life coach. Currently studying design, Caylee hopes to move into the technology space and is an advocate for bringing more women into technology. In our interview, Caylee describes the challenges of living abroad, why she aspires to finding a career that lights her up, and the unexpected benefits of writing her own blog, Gutsy Girl Living.

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Why One Soccer Player Doesn’t Take No For An Answer

Farida El Sheshingy is used to beating the odds.

Although soccer is the national sport in her native country of Egypt, soccer was not viewed as appropriate for girls when Farida was growing up. But Farida kept playing.

Today, Farida aspires to become a professional soccer and eventually build a women’s soccer academy in Egypt. Read on to learn how Farida overcomes obstacles, trusts her own struggle and how her competitive nature brings out the best in her.

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Inspiring Women Under 30 Who Are Making a Difference

Liang, Amber and Amanda prove that youth is no barrier for greatness.

These three women are changing their communities for the better. Liang by sparking honest conversation and reminding people of the value of having fun, Amber through encouraging people to take ownership over creating the world they want, and Amanda by helping brands connect with millennials who want to change the world.

When Liang Shi puts her mind to it, she makes things happen. Liang founded 2 companies FUN FUN FIELD TRIPS! and FUN FUN DINNERS! and grew a website from 2 to 14 million unique visitors in one year. Read more →

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How 3 Women Take Risks To Achieve Success

Would you accept a job offer in a country where you didn’t know the language? What about starting a non-profit while juggling college life? Or auditioning to be a TV show host with no on-air hosting experience?

Our featured women this week are not afraid to take risks.

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