All the ladies put yo hands up cause women had a kick-ass year.
As 2015 comes to a close and everyone is reminiscing about the best parts of the year, we can’t deny that this year has definitely been a step in the right direction for female empowerment and the feminist movement. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up some of the most inspiring moments of the year. Take a look:
On June 26, the Supreme Court made the long-overdue declaration to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. The 5-4 ruling allows any American to marry the person they love — no matter their gender or sexual orientation.
Viola Davis became the first black woman to win an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder, cementing her place in history. In a heartfelt speech -unnecessary tidbit – this is when I got attacked by onion ninjas- Davis thanked “people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black” and reminded everyone that “the only thing that separates women of color from everyone else is opportunity.”
Saudi Arabian women got the right to vote
After a reform of the often-criticized Gulf kingdom’s laws, Saudi women gained the right to run and vote in municipal elections. Over 900 Saudi women competed in December municipal elections.
Amber Rose SlutWalk
Amber Rose set out to end slut-shaming and rape culture and to create a safe space for women with a SlutWalk through NYC and LA. “I decided to have this slut walk for women who have been through shit,” she said. Signs at the event read: “Strippers have feelings too,” and “Don’t tell me how to dress! Tell them not to rape!”
Target phased out gender-based signs
Target announced that it would begin to phase out gender-based signs in certain departments such as toys and bedding to create a more inclusive environment.
The #AskHerMore movement hit the Red Carpets to deter interviewers from asking female celebrities shallow and superficial questions.
US military opened all roles to women
The US military made all combat roles available to women and on August, 1st Lt. Kristen Griest and Capt. Shaye Haver became the first women to graduate from the U.S. Army’s prestigious Ranger School.
Best Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette used her Oscars speech to call for equal rights and equal pay for women
In January, Patricia Arquette won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Boyhood and used her acceptance speech as a bold plea to fix the wage gap. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”