10 Women of the Year for 2013 (SLIDESHOW)
By Grace Hwang Lynch on December 31, 2013
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Can you believe 2013 is drawing to an end? For women, the news events of this year have been both thrilling and infuriating to watch. Here's a slideshow of ten women we've been watching, in the chronological order that they stirred things up this year. Read on to find out why…
Sheryl Sandberg Whether or not you agree with Lean In, the Facebook COO sparked a lot of discussion about what women, work, and what it means to be a feminist in 2013.
Wendy Davis The Texas State Senator wowed us with her impassioned filibuster for abortion rights and caused a run on pink running shoes. We'll be following her bid for governor of Texas in 2014.
Edith Windsor The 83-year-old plaintiff challenged the Defense of Marriage Act, after being taxed hundreds of thousands of dollars after the death of her spouse, Thea Spyer. DOMA was struck down by the Supreme Court last summer.
Malala Yousafzai The survivor of a Taliban attack spent her 16th birthday speaking to the United Nations, was nominated for at the 2013 Nobel Prize, and spoke to Pres. Obama against the use of drones.
Kate Middleton Not because of her svelte pregnant figure, her perfect hair, or marriage to a prince. The Duchess of Cambridge brings a refreshing populist touch to being the mum of the future King of England. The Duchess of Cambridge is trying to take a more hands-on role than typical for royalty. Will that extend to advocating for other mothers worldwide?
Rachel Held Evans This popular Christian blogger and author of "A Year of Biblical Womanhood" challenged mainstream evangelical leaders on many counts, including calling out the lack of female speakers at a major Christian conference The Nines, stood with Asian bloggers about Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren's insensitivity towards Asian Americans, and voiced her support for LGTB students at a Christian college.
Susan Collins The Republican Senator from Maine organized with other Senate women, both Republican and Democrat, and got the ball rolling on a bipartisan deal that ended the two-week government shutdown in October.
Beyonce With her latest album, Mrs. Shawn Carter showed us that a nice girl can also have a raw sexual side and again opening up the discussion about what it means to be a feminist, particularly a black feminist.
Suey Park This graduate student from Colorado State University started the #NotYourAsianSidekick hashtag which trended in early December and re-opened conversations about Asian American feminism and allies with other women of color.
News and Politics Editor Grace Hwang Lynch blogs about raising an Asian mixed-race family at HapaMama.
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