International Women's Day 2013: The Stars Who've Made A Difference

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To celebrate International Women's Day, that brings political and social awareness to woman's rights, we've been looking at the stars who are doing their bit.

Whether they are actors, singers or TV personalities, these woman have made a huge impact on the world. Take a look to see if any of them are your role models.

1. Alicia Keys

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American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys (Adriana M. Barraza/WENN)

Fourteen-time Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys is one successful lady! The hot mama started playing the piano at the tender age of seven, and has now become one of the greatest music artists in the world.

However, the 'Empire State of Mind' hitmaker is also the co-founder and ambassador for Keep A Child Alive, a non-profit organisation that provides medicine to families with HIV and AIDS in Africa. Keys has dedicated part of her life to help bring awareness to the urgency of HIV/AIDS by launching a new campaign called EMPOWERED, highlighting the power of women as mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, partners and people living with HIV.

"When I became aware that women accounted for one in five new HIV infections occurring in the U.S. each year, it shook me to the core and I realized this is an issue we ALL need to pay attention to," said Alicia Keys according to PRNewswire. "Whether HIV positive or negative, we all have the opportunity to educate ourselves and make a difference."

2. Oprah

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Talk show host Oprah was abused as a child (FayesVision/WENN)

Having been born into poverty to a teenage single mother, the former chat-show host Oprah Winfrey overcame a rough childhood. She was raped and sexually abused at the age of nine and has now become one of the richest and most successful women in the world. She owns several businesses, a magazine and a TV network. The legend is considered to be the most influential woman in the world according to Forbes, Oprah overcome the obstacles of sex and race to be ranked as the richest African-American of the 20th century. Oprah is the ultimate rags-to-riches story.

3. Angelina Jolie

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Jolie on one of her missions in Turkey (Seskim/WENN)

'Lara Croft' heroine Angelina Jolie has it all -wealth, beauty, children and Brad Pitt! The Oscar-winner has dedicated the last 12 years to charity and has given away millions of dollars away. Jolie has been seen promoting humanitarian causes, especially for her work with refugees and displaced persons, becoming a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations, then later a Special Envoy.

The Hollywood Reporter recently said her Education Partnership for Children of Conflict donated $50,000 in the name of Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old shot by the Taliban. In a joint email, Newsweek editor and the movie star wrote to supporters of the Women in the World foundation, saying the money will, “provide funds to women and girls fighting for girls' education in Pakistan and Afghanistan,"

Asked what she hoped to accomplish with her missions around the world, Angelina said in an interview with Jenny Lange, "Awareness of the plight of these people. I think they should be commended for what they have survived, not looked down upon."

4. Reese Witherspoon

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Reese at this year's Oscars (Brian To/WENN)

The 'Legally Blonde' star has been supporting woman organisations for several years especially when it comes to fighting domestic violence. In a speech for the company, the ambassador for make-up company Avon said, "Domestic violence is an issue that affects one in three women all over the world. Women in other countries aren't educated or have a difficult time getting to schools and Avon is dedicated to raising awareness around the world."

Witherspoon who is mum-of-three believes it's important to discuss abuse, she told People of the time when Chris Brown attacked Rihanna, “My daughter knows what happened. My son knows as well."

Adding, “We talk about what is abuse. I think it's important to talk to our daughters – and our sons – in order to educate them at an early age about what's appropriate and what is absolutely not acceptable."

5. Katie Piper

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TV star Katie Piper (WENN)

Former model Katie Piper dreamed of a career in media but after a horrific acid attack arranged by her ex-boyfriend, her reality became a nightmare. Piper has campaigned for facial disfigurement victims since she was scarred in an acid attack in 2008, leaving her severely disfigured and blind in one eye. The TV star has increased public awareness by starring in the doc Katie: My Beautiful Face, becoming a huge voice for the disfigured, disabled or physically altered. ‏

The Now magazine colunmist earlier tweeted, @KatiePiper_: “Happy international women's day. Today I am grateful for the strong, loving and intelligent women who are in my life”

What a fantastic bunch of women!

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