2013 is the year that Beyonce declared she's a feminist, and therefore it will go down as a great year for women. There were plenty of other moving milestones for women this year in all different realms; from women in the military and politics, to media and entertainment, women made some major strides in 2013.
2013 Best Moments for Women
Best moments for women in 2013
Jennifer Lawrence tells Hollywood and women everywhere that it's OK to like eating food.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, making everyone and their moms giddy with joy.
Beyonce declares she's a 'modern-day feminist' in an interview with Vogue UK this May saying, 'I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I'm just a woman and I love being a woman.'
Bollywood actress lashes out at reporter who criticized her views on the patriarchy in India.
After the brutal gang rape of an Indian student caused international uproar and mass protests, the Indian parliament passed an anti-rape bill that doubled the punishment for rapists.
Mindy Kaling exposes an annoying double standard in an interview with Parade magazine saying, "I always get asked, 'Where do you get your confidence?' I think people are well meaning, but it's pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, 'You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You're not skinny, you're not white, you're a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you're worth anything?'"
Wendy Davis performs a historic filibuster against an anti-choice abortion bill that would shut down one-third of abortion clinics in Texas.
Sarah Slamen's take down of anti-choice Texas republicans goes viral after she is dragged out of the room by security.
John Legend tells men every where that 'All men should be feminists. If men care about women's rights the world will be a better place [...] We are better off when women are empowered — it leads to a better society.'
Kerry Washington becomes the first black female Emmy nominee for lead actress since 1995.
Ellen DeGeneres responds to Abercrombie & Fitch CEO's body shaming of plus-sized women.
Malala Yousafzai celebrates her 16th birthday by delivering her first speech since she survived a bullet to the head by the Taliban. At the UN she tells the world, 'We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.'
This provocative video by All India Bakchod takes on India's rape epidemic and goes viral.
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, pens bestseller and 2013's catchphrase of the year 'Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead'. The book focuses on spurring action and progress among women.
Political columnist Zerlina Maxwell takes down rape culture on Fox's 'Hannity,' saying 'I think the entire conversation is wrong. I don't want anybody to be telling women anything. I don't want women — I don't want men to be telling me what to wear, how to act, not to drink. And I don't, honestly, want you to tell me that I need a gun in order to prevent my rape.'
Senator Elizabeth Warren says what we're all thinking during the government shutdown in October.
In a highly anticipated event 'Black Female Voices: Who is Listening', Melissa Harris-Perry and bell hooks talk race, black womanhood, politics and media.
Marissa Alexander, who was condemned to 20 years in prison for shooting a warning shot in her ceiling during a conflict with her abusive partner, is released from jail.
Hello Flo makes a commercial about that thing we're not supposed to talk about and makes it go viral.
Facebook promises to crack down on rape jokes issuing a statement that recognizes 'systems to identify and remove hate speech have failed to work', and vows to correct the problem.
President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to women's rights activist and living icon, Gloria Steinem.
Harvard University's famous undergraduate humor publication 'The Harvard Lampoon' has its first set of women running the Lampoon in the President and Vice President positions.
Vice Admiral Michelle Howard becomes the first woman vice chief of naval operations, as well as the African-American to hold the Navy's number 2 position.
Diana Nyad completes the 111-mile swim from Cuba to Key West, Florida. At 64, Nyad becomes the first swimmer to cross the Florida Straits without the security of a shark cage.
Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill become the first women to co-anchor a national daily news program on television.
Women graduate from Marine Corps Infantry training for the first time.
GoldieBlox's viral video tells the world that 'by designing a construction toy from the female perspective, we aim to disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers.'