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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?

Continued Article : 18 Transformative Moments For Women in 2014(Part 2)

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