7 female superhero magazine covers

In honor of women’s history month, we round up our favorite strong women and how they’ve inspired us on screen and in real life.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar became famous playing the role of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sarah Michelle Gellar became famous playing the role of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (Photo: Jason Kempin / Getty Images)

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Buffy on Rolling Stone's cover

Over the course of 144 episodes, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and its leading lady, played by American actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, served as a beacon of female empowerment for teens.

"Buffy," which garnered the distinction of being the most studied pop culture work by academics, led to dozens of books and hundreds of articles examining themes related to sociology, psychology, philosophy and women's studies.

As for Gellar, she's an advocate for various charities, including breast cancer research, Project Angel Food and Habitat for Humanity. "I started because my mother taught me a long time ago that even when you have nothing, there's ways to give back. And what you get in return for that is tenfold," she said. "I couldn't do much more than just donate money when I was on the show because there wasn't time. And now that I have the time, it's amazing."

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