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International Women’s Day 2016: A Spotlight on AAPI Leaders, Influencers

Grace Lee Boggs

Grace Lee Boggs Quyen Tran / Quyen Tran

For Women's History Month and International Women's Day, NBC Asian America is taking a look back at a few of the inspirational Asian American and Pacific Islander women we have been honored to feature this past year. From social activist legends to legislating trailblazers, in real life and in comic or character form, here are some of the formidable women you should know.

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The Legends

Doua Thor was appointed the executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) in November 2015. Courtesy of WHIAAPI

The Leaders

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The Changemakers

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Sisters and partners in robotics education, inventors of the Pi-Bot and founders of STEM Center USA, Melissa and Lavanya Jawaharlal, ages 21 and 19, R-L Mariappan Jawaharlal

The Trailblazers

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The Characters