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Celebrate International Women's Day with these v empowering moments

Get your girls together and buckle in for some *amaze* women's history. International Women's Day is on March 8, and there is no better time to look back on all the incredible things that women have accomplished in recent years. 2019 was one for the books in female empowerment, and 2020 is shaping up to be even better.

Check out our list of some of the greatest accomplishments for women in the last year, and take time this International Women's Day to reflect on the impact that women and girls have on the world. 

The first all-women spacewalk commenced

@Astro_Christina@Astro_Jessica 

NASA does groundbreaking work every day, but sending two women for a walk in space left a shining mark on history. The astronauts, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, are BFFs outside of being space partners—imagine changing the world with your bestie!

Democrat women wore white to the State of the Union

@SpeakerPelosi | @AOC | @TheDemocrats

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, along with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other democratic women, led the charge to wear white for President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech in 2019, and then again in 2020. The color was meant to be representative of suffragettes and highlight women's issues. Can we talk about solidarity?!

U.S. women's soccer team wins the 2019 World Cup

@mPinoe | @RoseLavelle | @USWNT

The United States women's national soccer team, led by Rose Lavelle and Megan Rapinoe in scoring, made history with its fourth FIFA World Cup win (and second in a row!) in 2019. The win came after serious talks about equal pay for female athletes; women on the team made a maximum of $99,000 for 20 non-tournament games, while their male counterparts made a max of $263,320 for the same work.

Period. End of Sentence. won the Oscar for Best Documentary, Short Subject in 2019

@RAYning

Periods beat the stigma—at least for a moment—in 2019. This short documentary, directed by Rayka Zehtabchi, centered around the theme that "a period should end a sentence, not a girl's education." It received critical acclaim, and opened the door for many other "taboo" female-focused topics to take center stage.

Cyntoia Brown was granted clemency

@Cyntoia_Brown

Cyntoia Brown was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison after killing a man in self-defense when she was 16. The clemency granted by Gov. Bill Haslam marked an important moment for incarcerated women and, more specifically, women of color in the United States.

Women directors made incredible films in 2019

@thumbelulu | @LoreneScafaria | @OliviaWilde | @Almaharel

Lulu Wang (dir. The Farewell), Greta Gerwig (dir. Little Women), Lorene Scafaria (dir. Hustlers), Olivia Wilde (dir. Booksmart) and Alma Har'el (dir. Honey Boy) were among the most talented filmmakers of the year, releasing groundbreaking films across several genres. Every single one was snubbed at the 2020 Oscars, leaving the category with all-male nominees.

Lizzo took over the music industry

@lizzo

Lizzo stole our hearts and radio airwaves in no time, sending "Truth Hurts" into our homes, cars and lives. We are so grateful. Now a Grammy winner, we are *so* excited to see where Lizzo brings her takeover next; we are def hoping for another chart-topping album and some v empowering performances.

Billie Eilish swept the 2020 Grammys

@billieeilish

Billie Eilish and her producing partner and brother, Finneas, have become an unstoppable duo. Billie—at only 18—swept all four of the major categories at the Grammys, taking home awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Album of the Year and the coveted Best New Artist. We cannot wait to see what she pulls off next!

Which #girlpower moment defines 2020 for you so far? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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by Logan Potter | 3/7/2020
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