Top 5 Women Immigrants that helped shape the United States of America

Only 2% of Americans are native peoples and the rest are found to have emigrated from all other parts of the world. America is made of many different cultures and nationalities. Our nation was founded on the ideas of Liberty and Justice all people, regardless of race, gender or faith. Gloria Steinem once said, “I want to help correct the inaccurate image of immigration in the media. There is an idea that women's issues are over here and immigration is over there. Three quarters of undocumented workers are women and children.” She was right! Many women immigrants have a played a huge role in creating and shaping the nation, which we call the “United States of America.” Here is our top 10 list of women immigrates that have changed America with their actions and courage.

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1. Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis was born Milena Kunis to Ukrainian parents in August 14, 1983. She became a success with films like, Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), Black Swan (2010), Friends with Benefits (2011) and Ted (2012). Her parents immigrated to the United States in search of a better life for their family. The Kunis had a rough start arriving in America with only $250 in their pockets. Milena was enrolled in children’s acting program in Beverly Hills, in order for her to meet and interact with more kids. She ended up playing many different characters on television, which eventually, led to her huge success in the film industry.

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2. Pramila Jayapal

Pramila Jayapal was born in Chennai, India, on September 21, 1965. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1981. Jayapal started as Wall Street analyst, before becoming an addict for social justice. She founded OneAmerica, which now works on immigration issues and also helps new Americans with voting rights. Since 2015 Jayapal has served as Washington state senator. With endorsement from Senator Bernie Sanders, Jayapai won the election to the House of Representatives and will start serving her term in January of 2017.

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3. Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret Olsson was born to Swedish parents, in April 28, 1941. Olsson grew up in outside of Chicago and later, Wilmette, Illinois. Her parents immigrated to the United States after World War II. Her freshman year in college, Olsson joined a jazz combo, The Suttletones, and headed to Western United States. Eventually, she got her big break in Las Vegas with Hollywood mogul, George Burns. Ann-Margret went on to star with people like Elvis, Jack Nicolson, and John Wayne.

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4. Nadia Comaneci

Nadia Elena Comaneci was to Romanian parents on November 12, 1961. She became the first woman to score a perfect 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event in 1976. Nadia continued to change and shape the sport, until her retirement. She immigrated to the United States, shortly after retirement from the gymnastics. She currently works as television comminatory, author and spokesperson for the sport.

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5. Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman is best known for her Academy Award winning work in the 2010, Black Swan. She was born to Israeli parents in Jerusalem, in 1981. However, the Portman’s immigrated to New York State, where grew up modeling and acting in various roles. Eventually, with her transitioned from modeling to acting, Portman was given her break out role in the film, Heat (1995).

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