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10 exceptional women you've never heard of are being recognized in a very special way.

There are ideas. And then there are ideas that can change the future.

10 exceptional women you've never heard of are being recognized in a very special way.
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L'Oreal Women of Worth

Every now and then, we hear about people in the world who are taking their ideas to the next level.

Unsurprisingly, a lot of them are women.


GIF from 2013 Golden Globe Awards.

They have passion, they take risks, and they are doing whatever it takes for their communities to reach their full potential — because they know they can.

They are badasses to the extreme.

These are women who see families struggling in their city, so they start an organization to donate diapers to those in need.

GIFs via L'Oréal Paris.

These are women who've experienced a traumatic injury, so they started a foundation for children in similar situations to participate in sports.

They're women who are providing shelter for homeless veterans. They are building programs for women recovering from addiction and abuse. They are developing breakthrough technology to better detect breast cancer.

They are 15 years old. They are 60 years old. They are mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, teenagers — and L'Oréal Paris is honoring them.

In its very special 10th year, L'Oréal Paris' program Women of Worth is serving as a platform to recognize some of the hardworking and compassionate women who are serving their communities and leading the way toward a bigger and brighter future.

Every year, 10 women are honored with the Women of Worth award of $10,000 to support their causes and community efforts.

Past honorees have been summed up quite well with this one sentence (and it doesn't even cover all of them!):

"Without these women, 48 childhood cancer research grants would not exist, 1.8 million diapers would not be given to families in need and more than 100 kids may have died from undiscovered heart conditions."

Life-changing.

It must be hard to choose from among all the women doing so much good in the world. With over 6,000 submissions this year, let's just say the judges had their hands full when it comes to selecting the 2015 honorees.

Celebrate these incredible ladies and this year's 2015 Women of Worth honorees by reading their stories and voting for the 2015 National Honoree to receive an additional $25,000 toward her cause!

Learn more about this star-studded event by checking out this video:

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Welcometoterranova and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Welcometoterranova-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

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