18 Badass Women You Probably Didn't Hear About In 2014
1. The woman who launched Saudi Arabia's first all-woman law firm.
Bayan Mahmoud al-Zahran opened the country's first female law firm, where she'll represent women and bring women's rights issues into the courts.
"I believe women lawyers can contribute a lot to the legal system," al-Zahran said. "This law firm will make a difference in the history of court cases and female disputes in the Kingdom. I am very hopeful and thank everyone who supported me in taking this historical step."
2. The woman who became a symbol of the fight against fracking in Canada.
Amanda Polchies got on her knees to pray at an anti-fracking protest in New Brunswick, Canada, holding up her "weapon" at armed police: a feather.
The woman was then turned into a meme on the internet: the Woman With Eagle Feather.
3. The Brazillian women who protested against rape in powerful photos after 65% of respondents in a survey agreed that "if dressed provocatively, women deserve to be attacked and raped".
"Whether I'm in a burqa or naked, I don't deserve to be raped."
4. The 600 volunteers who added 101 female artists to Wikipedia.
The volunteers who took part in the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon added in the names of female artists who deserved to be recognised.
5. The women in Afghanistan who defied death threats from the Taliban by taking part in elections.
6. The 13-year-old girl who called out a surfing magazine for its depiction of women.
Here's the letter Olive Bowers sent to Tracks magazine:
Dear Tracks Surf Magazine,
I want to bluntly address the way you represent women in your magazine. I am a surfer, my dad surfs and my brother has just started surfing.
Reading a Tracks magazine I found at my friend's holiday house, the only photo of a woman I could find was ''Girl of the month''. She wasn't surfing or even remotely near a beach. Since then I have seen some footage of Stephanie Gilmore surfing on your website, but that's barely a start.
I clicked on your web page titled ''Girls'' hoping I might find some women surfers and what they were up to, but it entered into pages and pages of semi-naked, non-surfing girls.
These images create a culture in which boys, men and even girls reading your magazine will think that all girls are valued for is their appearance.
My posse of female surfers and I are going to spread the word and refuse to purchase or promote Tracks magazine. It's a shame that you can't see the benefits of an inclusive surf culture that in fact, would add a whole lot of numbers to your subscription list.
I urge you to give much more coverage to the exciting women surfers out there, not just scantily clad women (who may be great on the waves, but we'll never know).
I would subscribe to your magazine if only I felt that women were valued as athletes instead of dolls. This change would only bring good.
7. The first woman to take part in a Formula One race weekend in 22 years.
8. The American nuns who announced their support for contraception.
9. The 13-year-old girl who became the youngest climber to scale Mount Everest.
10. The woman who beat the women's *and* men's record for most consecutive marathons after running 53 of them.
11. The first-ever female air-guitar champion was crowned in the UK.
12. The first time a woman won the Fields maths medal happened.
13. The first Woman Party was established in Turkey to seek equal political representation for women.
Benal Yazgan, the chair of the party, said: "Once again, hegemony is being passed from man to man. The patriarchy is the same; they always leave women out and pass the roles amongst themselves."