What an incredible year for women. During what many dubbed the War on Women, we used our collective voices, driving positive changes. Here’s a look back at some of the women who made news in 2012. We may not agree with all of their decisions and politics, but we should be grateful they stepped up and inspired us.
Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann was the only woman in the presidential race. However, she dropped out in the first week of the year.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited more nations than any of her predecessors. She plans to step down at the end of this year, and speculation abounds as to whether she will run again for President in 2016.
The Girl Scouts celebrated their 100th anniversary this year. The organization remains dedicated to teaching girls critical leadership skills and supporting STEM initiatives.
This year Senator Barb Mikulski became the longest serving woman in Congress.
After Republicans refused to allow her to testify at a panel about contraception, and radio host Rush Limbaugh attacked her, Sandra Fluke became a strong leader for women’s rights.
Malala Yousafazai, a young advocate for educating girls, was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban.
Consumer advocate and Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren defeated Senator Scott Brown to become Massachusetts’ first female Senator.
In November, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin became the first woman elected to the Senate from Wisconsin and the first openly gay person elected to the Senate.
Marissa Mayer was named CEO of Yahoo this year, a boon for women in tech. She took a very brief maternity leave – which some considered a blow for women everywhere.
You did so much this year. You spoke out against the crazy and frequent assaults on women’s health. And you turned out in droves on November 6, electing a slate of pro-women legislators.