THIS YEARS INSPIRING WOMEN
Added on: 22nd Mar 2016
Not content with winning three Olympic medals,
Victoria Pendleton has got herself a new job.
The former cyclist has swapped two wheels for four legs
and has become a jockey.
As Donald Trump somehow manages to cling on to his
Presidential campaign, all of America’s hopes for a toupee-free
White House rest on one woman’s shoulders. 2016 should be
Hillary’s year. The 65-year-old is the front-running Democratic
nominee for President.
When 16-year-old Harnaam Kaur decided to stop shaving
her beard, she probably didn’t realise that she would
become the face of a new kind of beauty. Last year Kaur
joined the #effyourbeautystandards movement, opening up
about the polycystic ovarian syndrome that leads to her excess
hair growth. This year, the British beauty made history when
she walked the runway at the Royal Fashion Day for jewellery
designer Marianna Haratunian. Kaur posted this pic on Instagram:
“I grew up being told I was too fat, ugly, and disgusting to even
model. I was told I’d never walk the runway. Jokes on my bullies.”
In January 2016, Taiwan elected their first female president
Tsai Ing-wen. The LSE educated politician won in a landslide
victory that marks a new era for the self-governing country
as her Democratic Progressive Party comes into power in May,
which won’t sit well with the current Communist leaders
in nearby China.
THE COXLESS CREW
In January 2016, these four women were the first all-female
team to successfully cross the Pacific Ocean. After spending
257 days at sea, The Coxless Crew docked in Cairns, Australia
on January 25 looking rather pleased with themselves after
setting off from San Francisco nine months earlier.
Few people outside the film industry knew who Jenny Beavan
was until Stephen Fry called her “an old bag lady” at this year’s
BAFTAs. For the record, Jenny is a multi-award winning
costume designer who created the wardrobes for movies
including Sense and Sensibility and Mad Max: Fury Road.
She won her second Oscar in 2016 for Mad Max and accepted
her award wearing a studded leather jacket, stating:
“The only thing I would like is for my outfit to have a positive
effect on what women feel about themselves. You don’t
actually have to look like a supermodel to be successful.”
As well as winning the Man Booker Prize in 1997 for her
best-selling novel, ‘The God of Small Things’, Indian
author Arundhati Roy is a long-time political activist.
Since her win, the 54-year-old has used her fame to
highlight environmental and human rights issues.
Roy is currently facing criminal charges for contempt
of court in her home country over an article she wrote at
the end of last year criticising the imprisonment of a
severely disabled lecturer who was accused of
“anti-national activities”. These charges against Roy are
the latest step in what some are calling “the suppression
of intellectual and creative freedoms” that is quietly
happening in India.
Over her nearly 20 year career, Beyoncé has often been
criticized for not adequately acknowledging her black heritage
from her bleach blonde Rapunzel weave to her relative silence
over numerous issues facing the African-American community.
That was until ‘Formation’. The star of her latest musical video
is undoubtedly the black woman. From her ladies getting in
formation to Queen Bey herself, the highly politicized video
has clear nods to the black victims of Hurricane Katrina as
well as the Black Lives Matter cultural movement. Sceptics
argue that Mrs Knowles-Carter image is so controlled that it’s
hard to see any real integrity in this one music video.
But her performance at the Super Bowl complete with
Black Panther-esque outfits and a not-so-subtle allusion to
civil rights pioneer Malcolm X left no-one in any doubt over
Beyoncé’s stance on the state of African-American rights
in the US in 2016.