Real Life Strong

Strong women are everywhere. They are shattering stigmas. They are standing up to fight for justice. They are challenging themselves to do things no one thought possible. And there is no better time to celebrate them.

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I Was Sexually Abused as a Child for Years—Here's How I Reclaimed My Power
When you put your secrets into the world, there's nothing people can hold over you.
I Was Gang-Raped by 4 Men—Here's What We Need to Stop Sexual Violence
"If women alone could stop sexual violence, we would have already done it."
I Was Suicidal for Years—Until I Finally Got the Right Diagnosis and Everything Changed
"By the time I graduated college, I was on 13 medications and hallucinating daily."
I Suffered Burns Over 65% of My Body in a Plane Crash—But My Scars Don't Define Me
Kechi Okwuchi got the world's attention on "America's Got Talent." Now she's working to spread her message to other burn survivors: "You are more than what people see."
What This 30-Year-Old Ovarian Cancer Survivor Wants All Women to Know—Especially If You're Young
When Hannah Pyper felt her first symptoms at 26—a lump growing in her abdomen, intense pains that would wake her up, and the urge to pee several times throughout the night—she "totally ignored everything."
I Went to the Doctor With Stomach Pains—and Found Out I Had Stage 4 Colon Cancer
Three years ago, Kate Bowler was living her dream: a professor at Duke University's Divinity School, she had married her high school sweetheart, and they were raising a little boy. Then her life changed in a heartbeat.
My Battle With Addiction: I First Tasted Vodka at Age 8 and Was Drinking Daily By 16
Inspired by the empathetic ER nurse who helped her detox at 28, Amanda Cope now runs her own addiction treatment clinics.
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I Was an Undocumented Immigrant for 14 Years—Now I'm Fighting to Protect the Rights of Others
Lorella Praeli moved here with her mother and sister when she was 10. Today she is working to help families separated at the border.