Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Dutch-American activist and a former Muslim who speaks out against radical Islam. She suffered genital mutilation and moved to Holland and then to the U.S. after her father tried to force her to marry a cousin. Ali's influence is important in the West as she believes that not associating Islamic terror groups with religion is a mistake. Her life has been threatened since she left the Muslim religion, being called an “apostate” as she continues to educates people on Islam. However, being in America made her feel safe, and now she is working to free others by schooling people on the foundations of radical Islam, and its violence on the innocent. Ali founded the nonprofit AHA Foundation in 2007, which works for the defense of the rights of women, girls forced into marriage, honor killings, and genital mutilation.