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Beyoncé’s Just the Beginning: The Year in Awesome Women

December 16, 2013

If there was any doubt about who won 2013, Beyoncé let us know on midnight of Dec. 13, when she stealthily released her self-titled “visual album” and sent the world into a complete frenzy. A few of B’s tracks take a decidedly feminist slant, especially “Flawless” which features lines from Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk entitled “We Should All Be Feminists.”

Beyoncé has called herself a “modern-day feminist,” but the term continues to be divisive. Some find it empowering; some find it alienating. Some find it unifying; some find it polarizing. However you feel about the label, we can all agree that it’s important to champion the work of women who are making waves all over the world.

In that spirit, PolicyMic put together this list of the 28 Most Iconic Feminist Moments of 2013. (Beyoncé made the list even before her album shook the planet off its axis).

I doubt all of the moments listed were intended to be “feminist moments,” but labels aside, it’s refreshing to see how women made strides from Hollywood to Delhi in 2013.


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Tory Hoen is the author of the novel The Arc. She spent five years as the Creative Director of Brand at M.M.LaFleur (where she founded The M Dash!) and has written for New York Magazine, Vogue Fortune, Bon Appétit, and Condé Nast Traveler. Read more of Tory's posts.

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