🔥Enjoy this firestorm of fabulous feminist moments from 2018 🔥
The Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund was established, following the #MeToo movement, to support women who have been sexual harrassed or assaulted to seek justice. The fund was announced in a letter signed by more than 300 women in Hollywood. Australia mirrored this in March buy creating our own legal service for victims and survivors; NOW Australia.
Oprah received the Cecil B. de Mille Award at the Golden Globes, and gave an iconic speech encouraging women to rise up and see the “new day on the horizon”.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern redefined leadership, announcing her pregnancy and remaining in office after already breaking down barriers as the world’s youngest female prime minister.
For the first time ever there will be research into the experiences of sexual harassment or sexual assault at Australian music festivals.
Nineteen year old Emma Gonzalez delivered a powerful speech at a US gun-control rally after the Parkland shooting in America. She co-founded gun control advocacy group Never Again MSD and has continued to be an outspoken and brave activist since.
Beyoncé performed at Coachella, becoming the first black woman to headline the festival, ever. She also surprised the audience with a heartwarming Destiny’s Child reunion and a joint performance with her sister Solange.
Janelle Monáe released her song ‘PYNK’ with an accompanying video that has been described as a “brash celebration of creation, self love, sexuality and pussy power.”
Abortion was (finally) legalised in Ireland, after a landslide majority ‘Yes’ vote.
Black Panther was released and became one of the biggest movies of all time to gross over $1 billion globally. The film, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, and Letitia Wright, four black women, reminded America that women, especially Black women, can be heroic, strong, fearless and tech savvy.
The Saudi Arabian decree that lifts ban on women driving came into effect. The lifting of the driving ban comes 28 years after Saudi women first took to the streets of the capital, Riyadh, to protest for the right to drive.
Hannah Gadsby’s stand up show turned Netflix special ‘Nanette’ completely changed the face of comedy, dealing openly with the sexism, homophobia, and assaults Gadsby has dealt with in her life. (If you haven’t seen it yet, stop what you’re doing and check it out asap – it’s a life changer.
Abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’ become law in New South Wales, aimed at ensuring the privacy and safety of women accessing the clinics. These protection zones already exist in Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT and NT.
NAIDOC Week announced their 2018 theme ‘Because of Her We Can’, to celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.
Greens senator for New South Wales, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, is an outspoken activist for asylum seeker rights and a multicultural Australia and wasted no time making that known as soon as she became Australia’s first female Muslim Senator in August.
The World Surf League announced female surfers won the fight for equal pay. Yew!
Canadian physicist Donna Strickland was jointly awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics, making her the first woman in 55 years, and the third in history, to win the physics prize.
All states and territories finally agreed in Parliament to axe tampon tax. The decision came after more than a decade of feminist campaigning highlighting that tampons and sanitary pads are essential and not ‘luxury items’, and therefore should not be taxed.
The #LetHerSpeak campaign was launched with a petition to amend the laws in Tasmania and the Northern Territory which prevent sexual assault survivors from telling their story. Before even reaching their goal of 5000 signatures, Attorney-General Elise Archer announced in November that they will be reviewing the law in Tasmania.
British Vogue launched a powerful video campaign titled We Won’t Be Erased, uniting the voices of transgender and non-binary people from all walks of life. In the video 42 members of the trans and non-binary communities share their stories and explain why, no matter what the current media narratives or political climate, they won’t be erased.
On Friday the 30th of November thousands of students across Australia walked out of class in a nationwide strike over climate change, proving that young people are a powerful force to be reckoned with, and they’re not about to back down any time soon.
2018 was eventful to say the least – bring on 2019!
Maddy regularly writes for Rosie, and is passionate about music, history, art and gender equality.