The year that was 2015, saw the feminist movement lead many conversations around the globe. Women from different walks of life, all over the world in their different capacities took to feminist issues head on and raised voices to address them. Some such voices and moments of utmost equality totally owned this year and the true blue feminists that we are, here is chronicling some such...
 

Emma Watson and Malala Yousafzai on feminism

Emma Watson and Malala Yousafzai on feminism

Emma Watson and Malala are both those young dynamic feminists that advocate the feminist philosophy in every given measure. But more importantly they have their heads firmly placed on their shoulders and that makes the issues these girls address, that much more relevant. Here is an excerpt of what Malala had to say – “It’s interesting that this word feminism, it has been a very tricky word: when I heard it the first time I heard some negative responses, some positive responses, and I hesitated in saying, am I a feminist or not? After hearing your speech – “If not now, when? If not me, who?” – I decided there is nothing wrong with calling yourself a feminist. So I am a feminist and you all should be feminists because feminism is another word for equality.”

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Michelle Obama created a feminist playlist to celebrate international day of the girl

Michelle Obama created a feminist playlist to celebrate international day of the girl

Michelle Obama doesn’t just do complete justice to her First Lady status with those chic clothes (and designers from the not-so-popular parts of the world). There is more than just that to her. She has almost always had us in awe and this time it’s for the sake of sisterhood! Ever since she has shared her playlist dedicated to girl power including songs by Beyonce, Demi Lovato and Esperanza Spalding, to celebrates the International Day of the Girl; we have been completely floored!

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Jennifer Lawrence wrote a passionate essay about the wage gap

Jennifer Lawrence wrote a passionate essay about the wage gap

In October, Jennifer Lawrence published an essay titled ‘Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?’ in Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter about Hollywood sexism and her experience with pay inequality. She asserted how there was nothing wrong in asking for equal money as her male counterparts. "I’m over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable! Fuck that," she wrote.

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Hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion to challenge the stigma around reproductive health

Hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion to challenge the stigma around reproductive health

This September, activists Lindy West, Amelia Bonow and Kimberly Morrison created the Twitter hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion in response to the House’s vote to defund Planned Parenthood. Women from all over the world used this hashtag to tell their abortion stories and the entire movement basically stood in support of a woman's right to choose. West was quoted in The Guardian saying; "Telling our stories at full volume chips away at stigma, at lies, at the climate of shame that destroys the lives (sometimes literally) of women and girls and anyone anywhere on the gender spectrum who can become pregnant."

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Kiran Gandhi free bled as she ran a marathon to fight period shaming

Kiran Gandhi free bled as she ran a marathon to fight period shaming

In April New York based Kiran Gandhi ran 26 miles of the London Marathon without a tampon while she was on her period. Yes this happened and so she did to combat period shaming and advocate free bleeding. She was quoted saying "I trained for a year and then [the marathon] happened and it really was an epic, epic thing. We ran for women who can’t show their periods in public and for women who can’t compete in athletic events. We ran for our friends who have suffered through period cramps at work and for women who have survived breast cancer."

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Indian women launch the 'Happy to bleed' campaign to protest against sexist religious customs

Indian women launch the 'Happy to bleed' campaign to protest against sexist religious customs

Indian women have never been too happy about the sexist social stigmas when it comes to menstruation and them being forbidden in the temple when bleeding.  However, more recently women have started to put their feet down. Recently when a temple in Kerala tried to forbid women from entering the temple, a bunch of them got together to start a social media campaign to tell the world that they're not ashamed of menstruating. Using the hashtag #happytobleed: An Initiative Against Sexism, Indian women today are claiming their due.

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