100 Women We Love 2016

Here’s to this year's class of the women who inspire us, give us hope, make us laugh and make us want to get up and dance. 

NILLA FISCHER

North American soccer fans caught a glimpse of this talented Swedish footballer (a great defender, who’s occasionally been dubbed Imperator Furiosa on social media) in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. This year, she’s playing in the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Women’s Champions League for the Wolfsburg club of Germany, having just wrapped up the season. Her team played Lyon in the final on May 26 in Reggio Emilia, Italy. (In a thrilling, nail-biting penalty shoot-out on a 1-1 draw, they lost.) She recently told UEFA.com, the official site of European football, that being a chef is her off-season claim to fame. “An amazing chef!” she boasts. “But seriously, I would say I’m a strong leader and I always give my best for the team.” In December 2013, the out and proud Fischer married her partner Mariah-Michaela, whose popular Instagram profile cheers on her athlete wife: “Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” It’s also filled with shots of the tall, sporty Fischer grilling outdoors, looking contented and chill. She really is an amazing chef. –SLO