10 Women of the Year for 2013 (SLIDESHOW)

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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…

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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.

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Oct. 3, 2013 - Haltom City, Texas, U.S. - In front of a cheering crowd, Democratic state Senator WENDY DAVIS formally announces her run to be the next governor of Texas. (Image: © Paul Moseley/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com)

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. 

 

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March 27, 2013 - Washington, District of Columbia, U.S. Edith Windsor greets the crowd on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Wednesday morning after the Court heard arguments in her case against on the constitutionality the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. (Image: © Pete Marovich/ZUMAPRESS.com)

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.

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Nov. 20, 2013 - Strasbourg, France - Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old Pakistani girl, smiles after winning this year's gets EU's Sakharov Human Rights Prize. Malala, who survived a Taliban attack, also won this year's International Children's Peace Prize, KidsRights announced during the prize-awarding ceremony in The Hague on Friday. (Image: © Maxppp/ZUMAPRESS.com)

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. 

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July 23, 2013 - London, GREAT BRITAIN - The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton with royal baby and Prince William leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in west London Tuesday July 23, 2013. (Image: © Prensa Internacional/ZUMAPRESS.com)

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?

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Mikki Kendall The blogger known as @Karnythia caused a stir with the #SolidarityisforWhiteWomen hashtag, prompting a wider discussion about intersection between women of color and feminism.

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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. 

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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. 

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Dec. 21, 2013 - New York, New York, U.S. - BEYONCE arrives at a release party and screening for her new self titled album at the School of Visual Arts Theater. (Image: © Kristin Callahan/Ace Pictures/ZUMAPRESS.com)

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.

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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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