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

by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang /
Grace Lee BoggsQuyen 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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Mai-Lei Pecorari's clothing line, Kin-tsugi Goods, contains handmade pieces with upcycled garments and garnished with gold accents, and, she says, is deeply influenced by her Taiwanese heritage.Dennis Sannernull

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-LMariappan Jawaharlal

The Trailblazers

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Eat Offbeat chefs work together to cook authentic home-style ethnic meals.Photo by Eva Cruznull

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"The Princess Who Saved Herself" follows the adventures of multiracial Princess Gloria Cheng Epstein Takahara de la Garza Champion.The Princess Who Saved Herself

The Characters


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