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Top 5 Feminist Moments from 2016

2016 has been an interesting year to say the least. From losing icons like Muhammed Ali and David Bowie to having a man who popularized the term “You’re Fired!” in the White House, it seems things can only go uphill from here. Apart from all the tragedies, losses and misappropriations that happened in the past year there were a few wins, for women specifically.

In Politics

Hillary Clinton become the first women to be nominated by a major political party for president of the United States. Although Hillary did not win (unless you count the 2.8 million popular votes she won over Donald Trump) the presidential race provided her with a platform to champion women’s rights and create the dialogue that has been missing from American politics. She exited on a high note and in her concession speech said, “To all the little girls watching, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world.”

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a8296414/hillary-clinton-sorry-concession-speech/

In Music

The Queen reigned supreme as Beyonce dropped her second, and most thrilling visual album till date, Lemonade. An ode to the deep south, Beyonce strings together strong visuals with feminist poetry to address issues like race, police brutality, the marginalization of black women and adultery. Named the “Best Album of the Year” by Rolling Stone only solidifies the fact we all know, she isn’t called the Queen for nothing.

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In Sport

Women made history at the Rio Olympics with Simone Biles snagging four gold medals at the tender age of 19. She is the first US gymnast to ever do this. The US had other proud moments with swimmer Katie Ledecky breaking records for 800m and 400m freestyle while Ibtijah Muhammed became the first American women to win a meal while wearing a hijab. Closer to home, our very own PV Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win a silver medal and is also the youngest Indian to have ever won an Olympic medal. This focus on sports and education goes to show that when women are given the tools and motivation to do what they want to, they will move mountains.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: Silver medalist V. Sindhu Pusarla of India celebrates during the medal ceremony after the Women's Singles Badminton competition on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 4 on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 19: Silver medalist V. Sindhu Pusarla of India celebrates during the medal ceremony after the Women’s Singles Badminton competition on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro – Pavilion 4 on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

In Fashion

This year was also notable for the drastic increase in terrorist attacks and Islamophobia. There have been debates around the hijab across the world and it was heartwarming to see brands like Dolce & Gabbana start hijab and abaya lines while Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan dressed every model at her NYFW show in a hijab. Somali-American Halima Aden also competed for the Miss Minnesota USA title while wearing a hijab for the swimsuit competition.

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In Body Positivity

24-year-old activist and body-positive icon Harnaam Kaur walked her first runway show in 2016 and was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest women to have a full beard. Her condition is caused by polycystic ovary syndrome and she has become a spokeswoman for the condition that impacts over five million women.

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As difficult as the day may seem, there is always a silver lining if you look very carefully. It is exciting to see women break boundaries and glass ceilings however the fact that they exist today is troubling. Being a woman should never be the reason or the excuse for anything we do and we hope that the lines between men and women continue to blur and merge.

 

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