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18 Transformative Moments For Women in 2014(Part 2)

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11.Emma Watson Launched The #HeForShe Campaign, Calling Men To Act Against Sexism
During a Sept. 21 address to the UN, the actress introduced the #HeForShe campaign, which encourages men to join the fight for gender equality.

”When I was 8, I was confused about being called “bossy” because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents. But the boys were not. When at 14, I started to be sexualized by certain elements of the media, when at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams because they didn’t want to appear “muscle-y,” when at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist. And this seems uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists.

Apparently, I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, “too aggressive,” isolating, and anti-men, unattractive, even. Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one?The more I have spoken about feminism the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating,” Watson said. “If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop… Men — I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too.”

12.Gabrielle Union And Jennifer Lawrence Responded Eloquently And With Class To Their Nude Photos Being Stolen
After private photographs were stolen and published on the Internet, Jennifer Lawrence and Gabrielle Union spoke out about the violation. Lawrence referred to the hack as “a sex crime,” telling Vanity Fair: “Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world.I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for,” she said. Amen to that.”

13. Mo’ne Davis made everyone want to “throw like a girl.”

When the 13-year-old Davis led her team to the Little League World Series, it’s safe to say she captivated the nation. Poised and confident, Davis was an instant role model for millions of little girls — and boys — and also was the first Little Leaguer to grace a Sports Illustrated cover. To top it off, she was also recently named Sports Illustrated Kid‘s “SportsKid of the Year.” You go, girl.

14.When Indian actress Mallika Sherawat shut down a reporter for asking her to stay silent on the issue of women’s rights.

”Indian society is regressive for women. With female feticide, infanticide happening on an almost daily basis; with gang rapes making the headlines of almost every newspaper; with honor killings… I think it’s a very, very regressive state for women.As a woman, I should lie about the state of women that’s in our country? So I didn’t lie. I said the truth.” Seemed pretty badass and legit to me

15.Getty Images Introduced The “Lean In” Collection
We’re all tired of stock photos that feature women laughing alone with salad. This year, Getty Images teamed up with “Lean In” and released a new stock photo gallery with 2,500 images breaking down stereotypes about gender roles.

“The stock imagery around women is embarrassing,” Jessica Bennett, contributing editor at LeanIn.org, said in a press release. “You can’t be what you can’t see, so if women and girls are not seeing images of powerful women and girls who are leaders, then they may not aspire to become that.” We are extremely thankful to Sheryl sandberg for blessing this with the term ‘lean in’

16. Aziz Ansari broke down feminism for dudes.

During his appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman in October, Ansari made crucial points about feminism to an otherwise pretty mainstream late night audience: “If you look up feminism in the dictionary, it just means that men and women have equal rights. And I feel like everyone here believes men and women have equal rights. But I think the reason people don’t clap is that word is so weirdly used in our culture.”

Ansari’s message was clear — feminism is not about pitting men and women against each other. “If you believe that men and women have equal rights, if someone asks if you’re feminist, you have to say yes because that is how words work,” he said. “You can’t be like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m a doctor that primarily does diseases of the skin.’ Oh, so you’re a dermatologist? ‘Oh no, that’s way too aggressive of a word! No no, not at all, not at all.'”

17. Cosmo redefined its target female.

In addition to launching the #CosmoVotes initiative to engage the young female electorate,Cosmopolitan‘s decision to increase its feminist content and redefine its standard reader is a testament to the mainstreaming of the modern female-empowered movement. In the words of Joanna Coales, the editor-in-chief, the new Cosmo woman is “interested in mascara and the Middle East.” Clearly, being interested in sex and fashion doesn’t mean women aren’t also interested in solving the global oil crisis.

18. Frozen gave us a lot of feelings — and broke all the records.

Signaling an important break in the traditional princess genre, Disney’s smash hit Frozen featured a prince-less feminist cartoon hero who sings, “Yes, I’m alone, but I’m alone and free!” Equally important, the blockbuster became the highest-earning animated movie of all time, proving that children — and grown-ups — will pay to watch complex and strong female characters. And it was written, directed and composed by women! Currently, only 1 in 4 speaking animated characters are female. The success of Frozen is expected to change the way we think about gender at the movies.

In 1998, Time magazine declared feminism dead. Nearly 15 years later, it wondered if instead, perhaps feminism should be banned. Constantly on attack from all sides, feminism has spent the past few decades proving its importance and relevance over and over and over again. If there’s one thing history has taught us, it’s that the backlash against feminism will always be a measure of our success. That’s the thing with progress — it is perceived as a threat by those too weak to embrace it.

Indeed, it’s clear 2014 was a historic one for feminism. Women stood up for their rights, challenged stereotypes, fought for recognition and took control of the dialogue.

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18 Transformative Moments For Women in 2014(Part 1)

 As 2014 ended, women have a whole lot to cheer about in pop culture, politics, sports, and art. Of course, this year, like every other year in human history, was ripe with misogyny, sexism, discrimination, and a long list of other terrible things. Here’s a list of groundbreaking female accomplishments, notable achievements of women, and heartwarming feminist bright spots. In no particular order,18 things you can feel good about toasting to on New Year’s Eve:

1.Women rule the roost in Bollywood
From Gulaab Gang to Mary Kom to Mardaani, these movies were a breath of fresh air for the viewers. I hope these women-centric movies continue to rock the box office in upcoming years too. Queen literally pisses over every Bollywood cliché that defined our great filmy legacy. Yes, all of them. Queen has hit 10 crore within a week. And this is not a masses movie where Salman Khan rips off clothes and rips aparts limbs – both the classes and the masses love it – it’s even hit 9.1 on IMDB, a rare feat – so rare that no Bollywood movie has EVER hit 9.1!

Kangana Ranaut. Queen stills.

2.Lupita Nyong’o Reminded Everyone That All Shades Of Black Are Beautiful
When she received the Best Breakthrough Performance Award at the 7th annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon on February 27, Nyong’o spoke about how she grew up hating her darker complexion and her journey to self-acceptance and self-love.

“What my mother meant when she said ‘you can’t eat beauty’ was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What does sustain us… what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you.I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful,” she told the Essence audience. “I put on the TV and only saw pale skin, I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin.” The path to self-acceptance is hard, she noted, but finally coming to terms with the idea that beauty comes in many shades has changed her life.

3.Deepika Padukone slammed Times Of India and owned it.
Bollywood star Deepika Padukone’s ‘cleavage row’ with an Indian newspaper is just another depressing example of how women in the public eye are reduced to their body parts.The Times of India tweeted a link to a video clip showing the chest and neck of Deepika Padukone, 28, shot from a high angle apparently by a press cameraman, to the 75,000 followers of its entertainment account. The tweet read: “OMG! Deepika Padukone’s cleavage show”. The video, reported to be a year old, was also posted on the newspaper’s entertainment site.Padukone responded by tweeting to her own 7.5m followers: “YES! I am a woman. I have breasts AND a cleavage! You got a problem!!??”Other Bollywood stars, male and female, have rushed to Padukone’s defence. “Well done taken a stand for all of us,” said Priyanka Chopra, another Bollywood A-lister, after Padukone first hit back at the newspaper.

4. A new kind of Barbie revolutionized the toy aisle. 
Did you know that if Barbie were a real woman she would be 5 feet, 9 inches with a 39-inch bust, but only a 18-inch waist, a tiny shoe size of 3 and have to crawl on all fours because her body is so small it couldn’t support her head? While there have been many attempts at a Barbie alternative, perhaps the most realistic was created this year by Nickolay Lamm, whose “average” Barbie even comes with imperfections like acne and cellulite.

5.Daniel Radcliffe Shut Down Our Ideas About “The Friendzone” And “Conventional Male Leads”
The actor has given some awesome interviews this year, and his comments about gender double standards are especially on point. Radcliffe doesn’t believe in the “friend zone” — “I definitely think the idea of friend zone is just men going, ‘This woman won’t have sex with me,'” he told BuzzFeed in January.

6.Malala Won The Nobel Peace Prize
Malala Yousafzai, age 17, was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for Peace. After being shot in the head by Taliban militants in 2012 simply for being a girl pursuing an education, Yousafzai has dedicated herself to campaigning for girls’ education worldwide.In addition to advocating against violence, poverty and advocating for more access to education for women and girls, the 17-year-old activist has become a symbol of hope and proof that feminism really does have the power to change the world.

7.Shonda Rhimes Got Her Very Own Night Of Television

Shonda Rhimes is a visionary writer and producer whose successful shows — her creations Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder, which Rhimes executive produces — have changed the representation of women, LGBT people, and people of color on television.
She delivered the most inspiring, strangely beautiful speech. Excerpts ”Fifty years ago, if women wanted to gather in a room, well, it had better be about babies or charity work. And the brown women were in one room over there and the white women were in a room over here.From then to now, we’ve all made such an incredible leap. Think of all of them. Fifty years ago trying to get out of separate rooms, 30 years ago trying to not serve breakfast or be groped by their bosses, 15 years ago trying to make clear that they could run a department as well as that guy over there.All the women, white, black, or brown who woke up like this, who came before me in this town.”
8.Delnaaz Irani walks the ramp
It was definitely a proud moment to see a plus size woman walking the ramp and feeling beautiful. Given India’s obsession to only accept skinny persons as models. Delnaaz walking the ramp as a showstopper was an achievement in its own dimension. Great going India!
9.Badass Women Wrote Awesome Feminist Books and were super hilarious. 
Amy Poehler wrote Yes Please. Roxane Gay wrote Bad Feminist. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie released We Should All Be Feminists. Sophia Amoruso wrote #GIRLBOSS. Rebecca Solnit wrote Men Explain Things To Me. And, obviously, Hillary Clinton wrote Hard Choices. We may need to buy a bigger bookshelf. Mindy Kaling nailed being Mindy Kaling.

10.That Beyoncé Moment At The VMAs

Queen Bey’s performance featured her in front of a huge “FEMINIST” sign.The world’s biggest diva proved feminism wasn’t just accessible, it was cool. What more is there to say?

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