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22 Powerful Moments That Made You Proud To Be A Feminist In 2014

"Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes." —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

1. When Beyoncé LITERALLY stood (and danced) by the word "feminist" at the 2014 VMAs.

2. When Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz launched her "Carry That Weight" project, and her fellow Columbia students rallied to help.

3. When, in the wake of the UCSB tragedy, the #YesAllWomen hashtag reached over 1 million tweets.

Just gotta say, on the almost-summer's day, I love you my brave web friends #YesAllWomen

I shouldn't have to hold my car keys in hand like a weapon & check over my shoulder every few seconds when I walk at night #YesAllWomen

I can't stop reading all of the #YesAllWomen tweets. I'm so moved by so many of them.

4. When Laverne Cox totally slayed the cover of Time magazine — and became the first out transgender actor to be nominated for an Emmy.

Major media moment: Waking to a @time cover story featuring #twoc superstar @Lavernecox! #girlslikeus

5. When Taylor Swift came out in support of feminism.

6. When Roxane Gay reminded us that feeling like a bad feminist was actually OK:

(And when a lot of people agreed with her and put Bad Feminist on the New York Times Best Seller list!)

7. When deputy leader of the British Labour party, Harriet Harman, wore a feminist T-shirt to the House of Commons.

This is what a feminist will look like at Prime Minister's Questions today @ELLEUK @fawcettsociety #ellefeminism

8. When Michelle Howard became the first woman in the history of the U.S. Navy to be promoted to the rank of four-star admiral.

9. When a video exposing street harassment in NYC went viral and started real conversations about sexism that women face every day.

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10. And when street artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh used her portraits to speak out about street harassment.

11. When Emma Watson spoke about gender equality and feminism at the U.N., and generally threw down like a queen.

12. When Nicole Perlman, a previously unknown screenwriter, co-wrote the year's highest grossing blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy.

And became the first woman writer credited on a Marvel film.

13. When Renee Zellweger calmly schooled everyone for freaking out about her changed appearance.

14. When Brianna Wu, Anita Sarkeesian, and Zoe Quinn spoke out about harassment and stereotypes in the gaming industry...even in the face of threats.

15. When Shonda Rhimes was in charge of every show on ABC's Thursday night.

16. When Janet Yellen became the first female chairperson of the United States Federal Reserve.

17. When Rihanna didn't give a single fuck what anyone thought at the CFDA awards.

18. When pickup artist Julien Blanc (whose "techniques" involve harassing women) got kicked out of Australia.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed he cancelled the visa of controversial "pick up artist" Julian Blanc #auspol @ABCNews24

19. When Daniel Radcliffe, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt all voiced their support for gender equality.

In an interview this fall, actor Daniel Radcliffe said: “Well, I think I’m a feminist, just by the virtue of the fact that I believe in equal rights for everyone.” Benedict Cumberbatch recently posed in a "This is what a feminist looks like" T-shirt for Elle, and in September Joseph Gordon-Levitt uploaded a video to YouTube explaining how his mother had taught him feminist principles from a young age.

20. When Cate Blanchett advocated female-driven films in her Oscar acceptance speech.

21. When some awesome young girls swore in support of feminism and pretty much stomped all over the idea that girls are always "princesses in distress."

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22. When Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize.