It could be argued that 2016 was the year for girl-power. With the rise of feminism and demands for better rights, women everywhere have had enough. These leading women, have all pushed the boundaries, made a change and fought to make this world a better place for women everywhere.
It wouldn’t be a powerful women’s list without Emma Watson. When she’s not catching horcrux or fighting of death eaters, Watson is campaigning for the rights of women everywhere through the HeForShe project. The Actor/UN Women Ambassador is a strong advocate in the continuing fight for gender equality. Though set up in 2014, Watson continues to campaign for women everywhere, and I think it’s safe to say that, Emma Watson will always be at the top of the very long list of influential women… well mine anyway.
Next on our list is USA Olympian, Simone Biles. What a year it has been for Biles, competiting in her first ever Olympics and walking away with four gold medals for Team USA. Biles began gymnastics from a young age and has never lost that passion and with a total of 19 Olympic and World Championship medals, she made history as she is the most decorated American gymnast to date. After that, Biles became an inspiration to aspiring athletes everywhere.
Miley Cyrus is the founding member of The Happy Hippie Foundation. The Happy Hippie Foundation works towards bettering the rights for women, LGBTS rights, education in disadvantaged areas, stopping animal testing and cruelty and homeless youth in America, and so much more. Cyrus is a self-proclaimed hippie believing in self-expression, self-power and above all, self-love. Though this campaign has been in action long before 2016, this year Cyrus added so much more to the long list of problems to fight against. Cyrus is standing up for the underdogs…and winning!
2016 saw model, Ashley Graham, shoot to stardom by becoming the flawless face of curves. Despite popular belief that models must all be 6’7 and a size 2, well Ashley Graham is here to prove the world wrong. Graham has become the voice for women everywhere saying you don’t have to be thin to be beautiful. Promoting self-love and self-acceptance, Graham is the perfect role model for young girls to look up too. Graham is slowly but surly changing the face of the fashion industry for good, and she’s doing it in heels too.
This little starlet has been in four music videos, toured the world, the face for Capezio, launched her own clothing line, judges on So You Think You Can Dance and has 8.5 Million followers… and she’s only 13 years old. The Dance Moms star, Maddie Ziegler, is surely on her way to being an A listing celeb, and when she’s not cleaning up on the competition floor or running around with Sia, the pint-size star has some major plans underway and I think it’s safe to say that we can expect some amazing things from this tiny dancer.
2016 was a big step in the right direction, a step toward gender equality, a step towards a better future for women. And I think we can all argue that 2017 is going to be a good one…
Ladies, we salute you!