While 2013 has continued to see the objectification, inequality and abuse of women across the world, it's important to spare a thought for the achievements and advances for women over the past 12 months.
We asked editors in forward-thinking women's media and a selection of our favourite feminists to share their most memorable moments for women in 2013.
Whether it was Jennifer Lawrence standing up to Hollywood's narrow and outdated beauty standards or Malala Yousafzai addressing the UN on her 16th birthday to call for worldwide access to education, we hope the entries rally women (and men) to continue to push for gender equality in 2014.
A new generation of determined young women
Lucy-Anne Holmes No More Page 3 says: "Most memorable moments for me have been witnessing all the hard work and energy of so many incredible young women. "Lilinaz Evans at 15 campaigning for consent to be put on the curriculum. "Yas Necati, 16, fronting a campaign in the Telegraph telling Michael Gove that relationship education needed to be updated. "Jinan Younis speaking so eloquently at 18 for feminism to be taught in schools. "Young members of UK Girlguiding saying No More Page 3, writing to the editor of The Sun, even going on the Today program to debate the issue. "And, of course, Malala Yousafzai, addressing the UN on her 16th birthday calling for worldwide access to education."
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the Golden Globes
Holly co-founder of Vagenda Magazine says: "My stand-out moment of 2013 was when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the Golden Globe Awards. "Awards hosting is a job usually bestowed upon men, and usually enacted with the same old tried-and-tested methods because of this. Either that, or it turns into an outright sexist charade. "Having had to suffer through Seth MacFarlane's tasteless 'We Saw Your Boobs' song at the beginning of the year at the Oscars, in which he 'hilariously' called out actresses who had shown their breasts on film (many during rape scenes), I found Fey and Poehler's Golden Globe routine a breath of fresh air. "They've been asked to return for the next two years, so I look forward to another performance from the duo that actually pushes comedic boundaries, rather than the sexist prejudice dressed up as 'boundary-pushing' that we've been expected to swallow in the past."
Acknowledging that violence against women is a global problem
Caroline Criado-Perez, feminist campaigner and founder of The Women's Room UK, says: "Somewhat counterintuitively, my highlight of 2013 was the World Health Organisation declaring violence against women a global health problem of epidemic proportions. "Clearly, this is not good news; but to feminists it's not news at all. We've long been aware of the pervasiveness of systemic violence against women. But to have a mainstream, non-feminist organisation like the WHO recognise this issue and put it on the front pages of newspapers worldwide, that feels like progress. "We are finally, as a global society, acknowledging the extent of the problem. Now, we can start to do something about it."
Jane Martinson, women's editor The Guardian: "Cuts to domestic violence units, all austerity measures, online abuse: there have been many low points in 2013. And yet the year has also been a great one for women with a resurgence of feminist activism and some real heroes. "How to pick just one in a year when a 16-year old girl was nominated for and should have won the Nobel peace prize and so many women spoke up for their beliefs? "But as it's Christmas and we're thinking positive I'd like to applaud Jennifer Lawrence for taking the media and film industry to task. "Refusing to lose weight for her breakthrough role, the 23-year-old said she wanted kick-ass Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen to be"strong", not skinny. And then called for the use of the word "fat" on TV to be banned in the same way as swear words."
Wendy Davis - Abortion Reforms
Carla Buzasi, editor-in-chief of HuffPost UK, says: "For me, it has to be Wendy Davis' marathon filibuster as she attempted to block sweeping abortion reforms in Texas. "Relatively unknown on an international stage before her awe-inspiring speech, the Democrat senator wowed pro-choice supporters across the globe by standing and talking for nearly 11 hours straight against new restrictions being discussed in the American state. "The pink Mizuno trainers she was wearing at the time became the most unlikely of feminist symbols (and an Amazon best-seller overnight)." Read more <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/carla-buzasi/wendy-davis_b_3523112.html" target="_blank">here</a>.
Laws of royal acension
Emma Barnett, editor of Telegraph Wonder Women, says: "My most memorable moment was the change to laws of royal ascension to allow the first born of Kate and Wills to ascend to the throne regardless of gender."
FGM becoming a widely discussed topic
Deborah Coughlin, deputy editor of the Feminist Times, says: "The most radical change this year in the UK for me has to be FGM going from a grassroots campaign to mainstream Channel 4 documentary - even Health Minister Jeremy Hunt tweeted that FGM is child abuse. "It proves to all of us that if, like Daughters of Eve, you fight for what you believe is right, you can make a difference. No matter if people tell you it's an outsider or niche issue, you can bring what you believe in to the attention of the world."
Emma Gray, HuffPost Women, says: "There are a lot of disturbing and scary words out there -- feminism is not one of them. We were thrilled to see more celebrities, both male and female, 'come out' as feminists over the past year and support the continued fight for equality of opportunity between the sexes. "Lorde, Amy Poehler, John Legend, Mara Wilson, Lena Dunham and Claire Danes all publicly embraced the feminist label in 2013."
Laura Bates, founder of Everyday Sexism, says: "For me one of the best moments in 2013 was the victory of the #FBrape campaign, which saw Facebook change its policies on rape and domestic violence content, representing a step towards ending the normalisation and social acceptance of violence against women around the world."
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