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The 50 Best Moments For Women In 2011

2:30 am - 12/31/2011
How do you sum up what this year meant for women? It's easy to think only of what needs to change and hasn't, or of the really awful things that are being done to women around the world -- this minute, in fact.

But plenty of things happened for women this year that are worth celebrating, too. Here are the 50 moments in 2011 that struck us as particularly important or astonishing or lovely. They include wins, memes, athletics, an inauguration, a birth, songs, dances, books, movies, speeches, and feats of precociousness. You probably won't agree with all of our choices -- so tell us in comments what we left out.

And whenever you need to be reminded what good company women are in, we hope you'll return to this list. While 2011 wasn't perfect, it certainly had its moments.

Huffingtonpost: 50 Best Moments.

Some of these are very cool, some are kinda wtf. I definitely think there should be more.

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kitschaster 31st-Dec-2011 10:09 am (UTC)
<3 <3 <3!!!

tabaqui 31st-Dec-2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
OMG, she is wonderful.
kaowolfie 1st-Jan-2012 02:02 am (UTC)
Well I know what my evening's going to be spent doing. OMG... listening to a video of her performing Wild is the Wind a few years ago. It's *amazing*.
gr_julian 1st-Jan-2012 06:23 am (UTC)
/right click, copy video URL, download
sephystabbity 31st-Dec-2011 10:41 am (UTC)
Looking through the list, I think a lot of wonderful things happened. One of the ones that stuck out for me is thre three girls winning all top three prizes at the Google Science Fair this year. And two of them are brown! So I'm just happy over here about that :)

Link here to the actual Google blog post about the winners, for anyone interested: http://googlesciencefair.blogspot.com/2011/07/hats-off-to-inaugural-google-science.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GoogleScienceFair+%28Google+Science+Fair%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher

Edited at 2011-12-31 10:42 am (UTC)
tabaqui 31st-Dec-2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
Yes! It was nice to see the 'girls don't do science' cliche stood on its head.
Thanks for the links!
valkeakuulas 31st-Dec-2011 10:46 am (UTC)
This year in Finland was actually livelier than a couple previous ones on the feminist front - we had Slutwalk and it got a HUGE participation. All the Finlandia book prize nominees were women, including one novel with a strong feminist theme. For a couple of months before the new coalition was formed we had both a female president and a female prime minister. However, in the parliament elections conservatives got a ton of votes, 19 per cent went to True Finns which is socially a very conservative party. Our next president will be a man - one strong feminist woman is running along with one very conservative woman, but realistically neither have a chance to actually win. I have a feeling that we're going backwards, men are openly hating on feminism again, now that they see women are actually achieving things.
tabaqui 31st-Dec-2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
Don't you hate when some out-there, ultra-whatever group calls themselves something like 'True (whatever)' or *Real* (whatever). Like they're the only ones that count. Bleh.

And bummer.
mingemonster 31st-Dec-2011 10:48 am (UTC)
The Anti-Gisele


women can be awesome without people pushing down other women
llivla 31st-Dec-2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
akashasheiress 31st-Dec-2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
Some correction on the females-inhereting-the-throne thing:

1. Queen Sonja is not the monarch of Norway, her husband, King Harald is. And there isn't just a ''chance'' that a woman will inherit in the future: the current Crown Prince has a daughter as his first born, and she is his heir, even though she has a younger brother.

2. Queen Beatrix isn't Queen because of the 1983 change in the law of succession; she is Queen because her mother, Queen Juliana, did not have any sons and Juliana was Queen because her mother, Queen Wilhelmina, did not have any, either. However, since the change in '83, the first child will always inherit.

3. To the best of my knowledge, sons still come before daughters in Thailand.

dramaturgy 31st-Dec-2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
Some of those I didn't know about. Those are great! At least none of them involved a panda and were, you know, people.
tabaqui 31st-Dec-2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
No kidding. USA-centric, but at least there are no bears here.
romp 1st-Jan-2012 12:11 am (UTC)
myrrhmade 31st-Dec-2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
I hope Mukhtaran Bibi is on the list.
breexbree 31st-Dec-2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
omg that woman in Iowa speaking to Mitt Romney
Go her!
evil_laugher 31st-Dec-2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
I can't believe he just brushed her off like that. "Thanks for that." What a dick.
breexbree 31st-Dec-2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
And the FBI vying to redefine 'rape' after 90 years of awkward terminology is very nice to see after certain legislation this year...
tabaqui 31st-Dec-2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
YES. At least some kind of counter-measure to all the endless, exhausting anti-woman stuff going on.
romp 1st-Jan-2012 12:12 am (UTC)
yes! great add
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