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glamour magazine’s 2013 top 10 college women

In case you’ve been despairing about the future of our country, I thought I should share with you Glamour magazine’s 2013 Top 10 College Women. This is the magazine’s 56th year of naming our next generation of female leaders and innovators, and they have found some amazing talent. You can read the full article here, but just take a look at what these impressive young women have already accomplished. They will give you hope — and make you feel like a slacker!

(L-R) Alice Lee, Otana Jakpor, Micah Schure, Cara Eckholm, Cindi Leive, Katherine Bomkamp, Noorjahan Akbar, Grace Young, Simone Bernstein and Margaret Gilroy attend the Glamour And L’Oreal Paris Celebration for the Top Ten College Women at The Diana Center At Barnard College on April 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for GLAMOUR)

Glamour’s 2013 Top 10 College Women

* Grand Prize Winner: Noorjahan Akbar, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA:A Kabul native and leader in the Afghan gender-equality movement, Akbar led the first march against street harassment in Afghan history and helped open the country’s first all-female Internet café.

* Simone Bernstein, St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY: Bernstein has helped 14,000 young people around the country find nearby community-service opportunities through volunteennation.org, the website that she founded with her brother. Already accepted to medical school, she has made it one of her goals to fight maternal mortality.

* Katherine Bomkamp, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV: This entrepreneur and CEO of her own company developed the Pain Free Socket, a patented prosthetics insert specifically designed to alleviate phantom pain in amputees and inspired by injured soldiers.

* Cara Eckholm, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ: Eckholm has out-debated opponents from more than 30 countries, coached inner-city New Jersey high school students, and served as president of Princeton’s politics and debate society.

* Margaret Gilroy, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD: A 4.0-GPA systems engineering major and the lone brigade training sergeant who oversees the training of more than 1,000 freshman, Gilroy also captains the women’s marathon team and is co-founder of her local Girls on the Run program.

* Otana Jakpor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA: The Environmental Protection Agency and the White House have commended Jakpor, a decorated scientist and environmental justice advocate, for her personal testimonies at the California Air Resource Board as a means to fight for cleaner air.

* Julie Johnston, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA: The All-American captained the U-20 U.S. women’s national team to World Cup victory in Tokyo last September—and was called up to train with the U.S. women’s national team this year.

* Alice Lee, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA: This self-taught developer-designer-coder graduated in three years even though she took a semester off to work at Foursquare in New York and to shoot photos for a nonprofit in Ethiopia. Lee’s Web résumé, “Dear Instagram,” attracted major attention from top Silicon Valley executives, and she’s now the youngest product designer at Dropbox.

* Micah Schure, Emerson College, Boston, MA: This pop singer and songwriter has performed her original music across the country, including at a fund-raiser with Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child.

* Grace Young, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA: Admitted to MIT at 17, Young now helps design and build marine robots; one recently mapped part of the underside of Antarctic sea ice.

Congratulations! We can’t wait to watch you all grow!


  1. How inspiring! I’d love to see what these women are doing in another ten years! I realize what they’ve done, on top of being students, shows the amount of energy and determination they each possess– along with vision beyond their young years…I salute them all!

  2. Sisters From Another Mister says:

    How very inspiring in this day and age where so many of the ‘youngsters’ are all about me, myself and what can I get … Thank you for sharing this xxx

  3. Carpool Goddess says:

    Wow! These ladies are on fire! Kudos to this amazing group of young women.

  4. Wonderful set of amazing young women! This has been a great tradition and these awards and recognition opportunities go far to help the causes these women are supporting. Virginia-FirstClassWoman

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