According to a Huffington Post article there were 18 highlights for women in an otherwise dreary year.
- Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic nomination.
- The Supreme Court shutting down a Texas abortion law “that required abortion providers have admitting privileges at local hospitals, and that clinics meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers – restrictions that lead to the closure of roughly half of the state’s abortion clinics.” (Huffington Post) (You can read into the situation here)
- Simone Biles being perfect in the Olympics
- Simone Manuel becoming the first African-American woman to win an individual gold medal in swimming.
- The number of women of color in the Senate skyrocketed. (You can read about that here)
- The nameless sexual assault victim who gave a voice to every other victim. (You can read her full letter to her attacker, Brock Turner, here)
- #NastyWomen (You can read about Trump’s comments here and the response here)
- 80,000 plus donations made to Planned Parenthood in Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s name. (You can read about that here)
- Samantha Bee’s show “Full Frontal.”
- Ibtihaj Muhammad, who was the first woman to wear a complete hijab during the Olympics and the first to win while wearing a hijab.
- Fu Yuanhui talked about her period on television.
- Beyonce’s “Lemonade” album.
- Issa Rae’s “Insecure.”
- Jennifer Anniston standing up against the scrutiny women face. (You can read her open letter here)
- Emoji’s featuring hijabs, breastfeeding, and women M.D.s.
- Illhan Omar, the first Somalia-American Muslim woman to hold public office. (You can read about her victory here)
- Polish women fighting for their rights, and winning. (You can read about that here)
- President Barak Obama telling the country and the world that men should be feminists. (You can read his interview here)
You can read Huffington Post’s full article here.