Ladies, we’re almost at the end of 2016. A year peppered with misogynistic remarks from senators and president-elects. As well as other instances wherein we felt that the world seemed to be against us. But here we are. We all deserve a pat on the back for surviving this crazy year.
On the other hand, we have to thank the badass women who stood their ground and fought for what’s right this year, and in the future. We’re giving this space to recognize the women who made headlines and had people talking. (You can even suggest more names in the comment section below.)
Although it’s sad that the Obamas are leaving the White House, they still made sure that they put their message across before they step down. First Lady Michelle Obama has made some memorable speeches this year, including that time when she called out president-elect Donald Trump for his sexist actions. Michelle also showed off her casual and fun side on the cover of Vogueand during James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke.
Vice-President Leni Robredo
Despite several controversies and alleged plans to oust her, VP Leni Robredo continues to stand her ground against her detractors. It’s obviously become a challenge for her to work alongside President Rodrigo Duterte these days, but we applaud her for ensuring that she’ll still fulfill her duties as a Philippine leader―including teaching girls to empower themselves at a young age.
We didn’t just put these two because they’re co-hosting a travel show. Both Rhian Ramos and Solenn Heussaff spoke passionately about rape and sexual harassment, and how it’s not the woman’s fault that it happens to them. Of course, this also includes the people who stood by them and preached for the end of rape culture.
Who could forget this Chinese Olympic swimmer who openly discussed her period during an interview? Fu Yuanhui just proved that periods are normal and that it can affect every woman when it comes. And more importantly, guys should stop being grossed out, seriously.
It was a sad day when we found out that Miriam Defensor-Santiago passed away this year. But even in her final months, she kept her fiery demeanor during the elections amid several hospital visits and cancer tests. She was a badass in life and will be remembered as such even when she’s gone.
Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach was hard at work in doing humanitarian projects and squeezing in time to attend fashion weeks. Now, she’s in the Philippines again to prepare for the upcoming Miss Universe 2016 pageant. Yup, being a beauty queen is definitely more than just having a pretty face.
Journalist Jamela Alindogan was recognized by the Swedish Foreign Ministry and UNESCO for her fearless work despite the existence of hate speech and threats.