The Fempire Strikes Back

This year has truly been one of revelation and revolution.

Now that December is upon us and we are rolling faster than a snowball into the period of festive fun, it’s always a good time to reflect on the year that has passed.

2018 has been one of the most landmark years for women on record – and it’s not over yet!

So, let’s recap…

January 1st 2018: The anti-harassment “Time’s Up” movement kicked off and started a feminist fire that has continued to fiercely burn since and it will no doubt gain momentum well into the coming year.

 

“Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women,”
Emma Watson
 

The #Metoo movement went viral and started many conversations about the harassment of women and it has resulted in the taking down of many high-profile celebrities and has generated a wealth of awareness.

 

‘May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture’s new North Star.’
Laura Dern
 

Off the back of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements and the empowered Women’s marches, the annual Golden Globes became all about female activism. With the attendees dressing in black, toting subtle emerald accessories as green is the colour of hope, renewal and growth. And not to mention those rousing speeches of empowerment…

 

‘What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.’
Oprah Winfrey
 

Equal pay for women came to the forefront of concern and companies are now being called out for the disparity in pay between men and women. And can we take a moment to celebrate the first female Senator to breastfeed while giving a speech in Parliament please?!

 

‘We no longer live in the blank white spaces in the edge of print. We no longer live in the gaps between the stories. We are the story in print and we are the story ourselves.’
Elizabeth Moss

 

In the sporting and arts world, Harvard University’s oldest theatrical organization finally allowed women to be involved in its running for the first time in 174 years and Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to successfully land a triple axel in the Olympics.

Further afield, Saudi Arabia relaxed their rules surrounding gender roles, at long last allowing women to attend football games and lifting the ban on women being allowed to drive! In El Salvador, a woman who had been imprisoned for a decade under their anti-abortion laws was released. She was initially convicted of homicide following the devastating stillbirth of her baby.

 

“I will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves”
Wonder Woman

 

The toy company Mattel launched a range of female role model dolls including Amelia Earhart and Frida Khalo. 2018 then saw Wonder Woman become the highest grossing superhero film ever!

Female empowerment has come on leaps and bounds within the last 11 months, but this is simply the beginning of a well overdue change in how womankind has been seen and treated. As Michelle Obama quoted this year, “there is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish!”

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