They are fast, affordable, and very convenient—those are some of the strongest selling points of fast food. From the onset, most nutritionists have warned the public of fast food’s possible contribution to the growing number of obese people. Consumption of genetically modified organisms is said to be blamed for this alarming trend in weight gain. Yet KFC, McDonald’s, and many other giant fast-food concessionaires keep sprouting up rapidly like mushrooms. They offer a wide array of children’s food, snacks, and even—hold your breath!—“healthful” food.
Aruna Roy is a well-known social and political activist in India. She is most known for founding the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (which in English translates, “Workers and Peasants Strength Union”) which she also heads. She is also the prominent leader of the Right to Information Movement, which became the catalyst for the enactment of the Right to Information Act that opened a way for the exposure of the corrupt practices in the government to the public.
Samira Ibrahim is a women’s rights activist in Egypt, and one of the most powerful and influential voices today in the area of women’s rights. She rose to prominence after filing a case in the Egyptian court against the military personnel for violating her and other women’s rights after being arrested for joining the 2011 Egyptian Revolution that ousted the then sitting President Hosni Mubarak.
Arianna Huffington is one of the most influential and well-known columnists, widely known for her work in founding the Huffington Post, one of the world’s most popular news websites. She was also known for her liberal views in the mid-1990s for supporting the Democratic Party. Arianna also became popular when she went against Arnold Schwarzenegger for the post of Governor of California.
A world-renowned economist and philanthropist, Esther Duflo has spent her entire career fighting against poverty and promoting the welfare of the people living below the poverty line. She has co-founded and directed several organizations that are designed to reduce poverty levels by providing assistance to the poor and the needy—the most notable among them is the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab.
Ron Bruder is one of the most influential businessmen in the United States, having founded The Brookhill Group, a successful real-estate company that has been leading in the market for 30 years. A man with “The Midas Touch,” Ron has helped establish numerous successful businesses in his entire career. He is also a contributor to many well-known newspapers such as The New York Times, The American Banker, The New York Law Journal, and The CPA Journal.
Geoffrey Canada is a renowned social activist and educator, most known for his work as the president and chief executive of the Harlem Children’s Zone, a non-profit organization for poor neighbourhoods aiming to increase high school and college graduation rates by providing free support for the children and their families through various programs designed to enhance their learning abilities and skills. Aside from his efforts in HCZ, Geoffrey is also a board member of the After-School Corporation and the Chairman of the Children’s Defense Fund, organizations that promote the welfare and care of children.
Wael Ghonim is a well-known internet activist, having moderated the Facebook page, "We are all Khaled Saeed," which was one of the main catalysts of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution that ousted the dictator Hosni Mubarak and ushered in a democratic Egypt. His popularity further went up after his emotional interview regarding his 11–day incarceration by the Egyptian police for being an administrator of the said Facebook page.
Tory Burch is a well-known fashion designer. Her brand is so popular in the fashion world that there are around 70 Tory Burch stores in the world today. She is also one of the most successful fashion designers today, having been accepted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America after just three years of professionally entering the fashion world. Since she established her fashion line, it has become very famous worldwide, with over 1,000 stores selling her products.
Cherie Blair is well-known throughout the world not only because she is the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; she is popular in her own right, famous for her work as a barrister and for her efforts in promoting women’s rights through her organization, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.