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Manal al-Sharif

Manal al-Sharif, an activist for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, in Central Park during a tour for her new memoir.CreditNathan Bajar for The New York Times

A Saudi Woman Who Got Behind the Wheel and Never Looked Back

Manal al-Sharif is best known for challenging laws and mores that keep women down in her native country.

Emma Morano

Ms. Morano at her home in Verbania in 2015, when she was the oldest person in Europe.CreditAlessandro Grassani for The New York Times

Remembering the World’s Oldest Person, in the Objects She Left Behind

Emma Morano’s singular achievement in life may have been perseverance. She lived for 117 years, crediting her longevity to raw eggs and her lack of a husband. She died on April 15.

Margot Wallstrom

Margot Wallstrom, Sweden’s foreign minister, addressing the United Nations General Assembly in September.CreditLucas Jackson/Reuters

Sweden’s Proponent of ‘Feminist Foreign Policy,’ Shaped by Abuse

As foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom, who broke free from a violent relationship in her 20s, is challenging assumptions in a traditionally male sphere.

Henda Ayari

The French activist and author Henda Ayari filed a police complaint in October accusing the Swiss-born Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan of sexually assaulting her in 2012.CreditDmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times

‘I Could Not Forget What Happened to Me That Night With Him’

Henda Ayari created a storm when she denounced radical Islam. Now, inspired by the #MeToo campaign, she has accused an Oxford professor of rape.


Olive Yang

Olive Yang, in Muse, Myanmar, in 2015. According to relatives, she wore boys’ clothes and frequently fell in love with her brothers’ romantic interests.CreditGabrielle Paluch

The Female Warlord Who Had C.I.A. Connections and Opium Routes

Born to royalty in Burma, Olive Yang, who died on July 31, rejected her birthright to become a cross-dressing warlord and opium trafficker.

Asli Erdogan

Asli Erdogan at her publisher’s office last month in Istanbul. Recently released from prison, the Turkish author is awaiting trial.CreditThe New York Times

Torn Ballet Shoes, and a Life Upended

Asli Erdogan, a novelist of the “dark, pessimistic,” is struggling to process her own grim experience: months in prison.

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