Beyonce’s MTV Music Awards performance in which the word FEMINIST was emblazoned across the stage like a motherfucking big deal. Panties or no panties, agree with her practice or not, Beyonce has successfully elevated the feminist cause this year, and continues to make active and vocal statements about both gender inequality and female empowerment.
Emma Watson’s #HeForShe speech at the United Nations which stirred a social media groundswell and saw men all over the globe—including celebrities such as Jared Leto and Russell Crowe—in vocal support of the movement.
The #YesAllWomen hashtag—a passionate response to violence against women—that spread like wildfire, and served as a sisterhood code whereby women and girls everywhere felt they could finally speak out about their personal experiences of oppression, sexual assault, and gender inequality.
In the face of scary statistics that say that one in five women are raped or sexually assaulted and women are still paid 23% less than men for the same work, “potty-mouthed princesses” (between six and 13 years old) in pretty pink dresses dropped F-bombs for feminism.
Laverne Cox and Bell Hook’s feminist conversation of the year, whereby, at The New School for Liberal Arts in New York, they discussed high heels, transgender culture, the “imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy,” and Orange is the New Black.