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The women who led the world in 2015
December 30, 2015, 2:14 pm

Suffragette: At the London premier of the film ‘Suffragette’, members of Sisters Uncut, a feminist protest group, decided they would mount a red carpet protest over cuts to support for victims of domestic violence. The above is the image of the protestors lying down on the red carpet, surrounded by burly male security and a lone police officer looking down on them. Women may have won the vote all those years ago but there is still plenty that needs to be addressed.


Viola Davis: In September of this year, Viola Davis won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Women win Emmys every year, nothing unusual, a very nice accolade for some of our finest actors. Viola Davis however, was the first black woman to receive a lead actress award at the Emmys, in 2015. In her acceptance speech Davis said, “The only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity”. I have chosen a very simple image – Davis proudly holding her award. A strong, beautiful, talented women. Making history, in 2015.


Jessica Ennis-Hill: The heptathlon comprises of seven events. The competitor doesn’t have to excel at one; they have to perfect all seven. To do this at an international level is amazing; to become Olympic champion in 2012, then have a baby and return from maternity leave, to the World Championships in Beijing in 2015 and win gold, is awe inspiring. In this shot, Ennis-Hill competes in the Heptathlon long jump.


England Women’s football team: Apparently, the partners and families of the England women’s football team largely didn’t travel with them to Canada, not because of a “ban” imposed by management in case they should lose focus during the World Cup, but because most couldn’t afford the air fare. The team went on to come third, just missing out at the final due to a heartbreaking own goal in the dying seconds of the semi-final against Japan. This image shows that team spirit and the absolute joy in their achievement.


Hillary Clinton: Wife, mother, grandmother, former First Lady, former senator, former Secretary of State and now democratic Presidential candidate; Hillary Clinton is formidable. Called to Capitol Hill to answer questions on the Benghazi affair in front of the select committee, her every move was carefully watched. By the end of the day her career and Presidential aspirations could have been in tatters. However, this is Hillary Rodham Clinton and she sat for hours, concentrated and measured, with not one slip up throughout possibly one of her most career defining moments.


Jennifer Lawrence: Writing for the Lenny newsletter, Lawrence penned an open essay discussing the gender pay gap along with sexism in Hollywood and her experience of it. It was a brave move and one that prompted backlash with some people calling Lawrence a ‘brat’, incidentally proving her point. The essay brought the conversation out in the open in a way that was previously taboo for female stars. 


Angela Merkel: A product of austere communist East Germany; Angela Merkel never gives much away. Whilst the European leaders were closing their borders, erecting fences, rolling out the razor wire and tear gassing women and children, Merkel was the only leader that welcomed the migrants to Germany with open arms. A selfless act, that she might live to regret politically, but a moral one regardless. 


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