2016 was an incredible year. Many amazing women shined in their own special and unique way and proved that they were true feminists. Feminists support feminism, which is the public support of women’s rights on the ground of equality of the genders. From Hillary Clinton to Elisa Sednaoui, these are the aspiring moments from women that made strides for feminism in 2016.
1. Hillary Clinton Becomes the First Female Presidential Nominee
Even though Hillary Clinton didn’t become president, she still went beyond our expectations. Mrs. Clinton fought for women’s rights as hard as she could through the whole process of the election. In fact, that was the center of her campaign from the beginning to the end. During her concession speech she said, “To all the little girls watching, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world.” That is one inspiring role model!
2. Elisa Sednaoui and Her Foundation
Elisa Sednaoui, a gorgeous and famous supermodel, has made her way through the pop cultures and societies of this world to make a difference. She sought to impact kids around the world, including in Egypt. She is supporting them in Luxor with her own foundation, which is focused on creative education. She helps children and youth explore and embrace innovation and ideas through training and skill in an atmosphere full of playfulness and acceptance.
3. Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ is a Lyric Poem to Black Women
Beyoncé’s second visual album developed a new road of becoming a short film instead of seperate music videos. The result was ‘Lemonade’ – a compelling and dynamic visual put together by Queen Bey’s new album and feminist poetry by Warsan Shire. The powerful and influential album went on to receive four Emmy nominations, nine Grammy nominations, and a “Best Album of the Year” award from the Rolling Stone.
4. Anniesa Hasibuan Features Hijabs for The First Time in a New York Fashion Week Show
Anniesa Hasibuan, an Indonesian and Muslim fashion designer, presented a fashion show in New York during September. She became the first Indonesian to show during the official collections, and also became the first designer to present a beautiful collection fully outfitted with hijabs! The collection was inspired by the designer’s hometown of Jakarta, and it amazingly marked a major win for Muslim women everywhere and the fashion industry as a whole, taking another giant leap towards inclusivity.
5. American Women Made History at the Rio Olympics
Simone Biles, a nineteen year old woman, made history when she became the first U.S. gymnast to win four gold medals. Believe it or not, it was her first time to compete in the Olympics! Meanwhile, Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first U.S. athlete to compete in the Olympics and win while wearing a hijab. Also, Allyson Felix became the most awarded U.S. woman in Olympic track and field history.
In addition to U.S. women making history at the Olympics, Egyptian Sara Ahmed became the first Arab woman to win an Olympic weightlifting medal.
Overall, 2016 was a great year for women, as it was filled with several inspiring moments from women around the world.
What was your favorite feminist moment of 2016?
By Maiar Abdalbasir
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CairoScene Team. “15 of the Most Inspirational Egyptian Women Today”. CairoScene. March 9 2015. http://www.cairoscene.com/Buzz/The-Most-Inspirational-Egyptian-Women-Among-Us