Best feminist moments of 2015

feminism

ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/

noun

  1. the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

Equality. That is what feminism represents, regardless of the implications of the title. Feminism is a gender equality movement. As 2015 comes to a close, these are six of the best moments of feminism from this year.

#AskHerMore

The social action campaign initiated by The Representation Project, a movement to eradicate limiting social stereotypes, focuses on actresses on the red carpet who only get asked about what they’re wearing by the media. The movement revolves around the idea that women have more to talk about than materialism, such as their careers and other more important aspects of their lives. #AskHerMore has also been applied to political debates and other significant aspects in women’s careers in which they prove they are working hard to make a difference.  

Celebrating all forms of beauty

In an effort to overcome female beauty stereotypes, women all over the world shared body-positive pictures and messages through social media to put an end to body shaming. Tess Holliday, the first size 22 model to be on the cover of a magazine, fuelled this positive message. Actresses such as Miley Cyrus also supported the movement by refusing to shave their armpit and leg hair to prove that women don’t need to change their bodies to be beautiful.

Caitlyn Jenner introduced herself to the world

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The controversial gender transition of Caitlyn Jenner sparked awareness of transgender rights and shed more light on the transgender community.

Feminism in pop-culture escalated

Actresses such as Amy Schumer began to take control of the messages that the media was sending, increasing the influence of feminism in the entertainment industry. Actors such as Matt McGorry also expressed their feminist ideals to promote the idea that feminism is for everyone.

The release of He Named Me Malala

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The release of the documentary on Malala Yousafzai’s life inspired people around the world to stand up for girls’ education. Yousafzai’s story embodies the message that girls around the world need opportunity and can thrive with an education. Additionally, her interview with Emma Watson represented the power of feminism in youth today.

 

The legalization of same-sex marriage in the US

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The legalization of same-sex marriage in all 50 states emphasized the idea of gender equality and human rights globally. This was a major step in furthering LGBT rights.

 

Feminism has become a global movement for gender equality, and each year becomes even stronger in this movement. 2015 has been the best year yet, and it’s important to celebrate the progress that has been made in the idea of global equality.

Author: Diya Navlakha

Diya Navlakha is a junior in her tenth year at SAS. This is her second year as a part of The Eye. While originally from India, Diya spent her childhood in New York City and Singapore. A few of her hobbies include watching "Friends", baking, and spending time with friends and family. She can be contacted at navlakha33815@sas.edu.sg.

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  1. Was Bruce Jenner’s transformation to Caitlyn Jenner really the best feminist moment of 2015? That’s kind of tragic, in my opinion… If anything, she showed the world that the genders are NOT the same or equal, otherwise she would have been OK with being a man. She is not advocate of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes, she is an advocate of pursuing dreams and happiness, if anything.

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