Recently, Mic.com published a list titled “The 39 Most Iconic Feminist Moments of 2014” that included events such as Malala Yousafzai’s acceptance of The Nobel Peace Prize and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent of The Hobby Lobby ruling. Each event listed played a key role in the advancement of the feminist movement this year – which is a huge deal for several reasons.
As stated in Mic’s opening paragraph to its list, Time declared feminism dead 15 years ago. Recently, it added the word “feminism” to its poll on a List of Words to Ban in 2015. Feminism is evidently alive and well, and rightfully so. While there are people who consider feminism to be an unnecessary movement, it has proven, yet again, that it is in fact very necessary.
As a concept that is usually thought of as strictly western, feminism is needed around the world, as evidenced by this list.
The youngest winner ever of The Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai, proved this through her brave efforts to advocate for women’s access to education in her home of Pakistan. Yousafzai’s story is widely known as a triumphant one. After being shot in the head by a member of The Taliban for her efforts, and enduring multiple surgeries, Yousafzai rose up and out of the tragedy that surrounded her and has continued to advocate for women’s access to education – an extremely important factor in the global feminist movement.
Actress Emma Watson also made huge strides to aid people around the world in understanding the concept of feminism after being appointed a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations. In a powerful speech, Watson clearly defined what it means to be a feminist, and why it is important for both men and women to work towards gender equality. Her speech sparked conversation about feminism around the globe.
The list also highlights important victories in The United States, such as the fact that a new record of 100 women will be serving the 114th Congress, and the fact that Facebook has finally stopped censoring breastfeeding.
Key figures such as Emma Sulkowicz, a rape victim at Columbia who is carrying her mattress through campus until her rapist is expelled and who helped spark a national movement to end rape on college campuses called #CarryThatWeight, earned a spot on the list. Laverne Cox, a talented actress famous for her role in Orange is The New Black, is on the list for her amazing efforts to advocate for the transgender movement. Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift even earned a spot on the list after having what Mic calls “a feminist epiphany.”
These are only a few examples of the awesome people and events included in this list. But what is written on this list is extremely important beyond just what is written. After reading this list it is clear that the feminist movement is not dead, but instead has continued to prevail and make huge strides both here in the United States, and around the world. The fact that Mic was able to compile a list of 39 (which clearly doesn’t include every event happened this year) is extremely significant. It proves that feminists around the world have chosen to not be beaten back by the naysayers and to keep up a very important fight.
It may be 2014, but this does not mean that the feminist movement is unnecessary or unneeded. This powerful movement is alive and its advocates have continued to fight for everything, which it stands for – which is a truly beautiful thing.
The entire list can be viewed here.