5 times women dominated the gender equality battle this year

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5 Times Women Dominated the Gender Equality Battle This Year

Equality for women has been an ongoing battle since the original women's rights conference in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848.

So, in honor of Women's Equality Day, we're taking a look at some of the biggest moments for women in the past year.

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No. 5: Actress Rose McGowan announced in June she was fired by her agent after her tweet made fun of a casting request to wear a revealing top to an audition.

In a Nylon interview, McGowan talked about Hollywood's problem with stereotyping women, "They're just stuck in this 'Mad Men'-slash-'Entourage' era where they're just boring."

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5 times women dominated the gender equality battle this year
Declaration of Sentiments, 1848. First Convention Ever Called to Discuss the Civil and Political Rights of Women, Seneca Falls, New York, July 19, 20, 1848. This pamphlet reprints the Call, first published July 14, 1848 in the Seneca County Courier, the declaration of rights, resolutions, and excerpts from Elizabeth Cady Stanton's speeches, July 19 and July 20, 1848. (Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
French physicist Marie Curie (1867-1934) physics Nobel prize in 1903, chemistry Nobel Prize in 1911. (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)
Edith Wharton c. 1905. American novelist. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)
Fire hoses spray water on the upper floors of the Asch Building (housing the Triangle Shirtwaist Company) on Washington and Greene Streets, during the fire in New York City, March 25, 1911. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
A group of women and children marching with U.S. flags and banners for the right of women to vote, New York City. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Miss Frances Perkins, New York State Secretary of Labor, showing her in her New York City Office, Feb. 25, 1933. She is most prominently mentioned as Roosevelt’s choice for National Secretary of Labor. If she is appointed, she will be the first woman ever to hold a cabinet position in Washington. (AP Photo)
Amelia Earhart climbs out of her plane at Oakland Airport after completing her 18 hour, 2400 mile flight from Honolulu on Jan. 14, 1935. (AP Photo)
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (1913-2005), American Civil Rights activist. Booking photo taken at the time of her arrest for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus to a white passenger on 1 December 1955. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike smiles after she is told that her Freedom Party has won a landslide victory in the General Elections in Ceylon on July 21, 1960. Later she was sworn is as the world?s first woman Prime Minister. Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike took over as leader of the Freedom party after the assassination of her husband, then Prime Minister in September 1959. (AP Photo)
Valentina Tereshkova, who became the first woman in space in 1963, is seen in a space suit in this undated file photo. Tereshkova's three-day flight, which started June 16, 1963, further strengthened the prestige of the Soviet space program after Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in 1961. (AP Photo/ ITAR-TASS )
Supreme Court nominee Sandra Day O'Connor raises her right hand to be sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 9, 1981. (AP Photo/John Duricka)
Astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, inside the space shuttle 'Challenger,' c. 1983. (Photo by Frederic Lewis/Getty Images)
Janet Guthrie became the first woman to pass the rigorous rookie driving test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indy 500, then the first woman to make the 33-car field. (Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images)
President Bill Clinton appears at a Rose Garden ceremony in Washington on Feb. 11, 1993, where he named Janet Reno, left, to be the nation’s first female attorney general, pending Senate confirmation. Reno, a veteran lawyer and Miami prosecutor, said she was “humbled by the honor. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson)
A beaming President Clinton looks on as his choice for Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks in the Oval Office of the White House Thursday, Dec. 5, 1996 after being announced by Clinton. If confirmed by the Senate, Albright would become the first woman to head the State Department. (AP Photo/Joe Marquette)
Lilly Ledbetter, left, is kissed by Vice President Joe Biden after President Barack Obama, center, congratulated her, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, right, applauds during the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, in the East Room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
In this March 7, 2010 file photo, Kathryn Bigelow poses backstage with the Oscar for best achievement in directing for "The Hurt Locker" at the 82nd Academy Awards, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Bigelow is the only woman to win the Academy Award and Directors Guild Award for best director. The ACLU of Southern California and the national ACLU Women's Rights Project said Tuesday, May 12, 2015, they were moved to act after compiling statistical evidence of "dramatic disparities" in the hiring of women as film and television directors. This was bolstered, they said, by anecdotal accounts from more than 50 female directors. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
Capt. Kristen Griest, left, and 1st Lt. Shayne Haver talk after Ranger School graduation at Victory Pond on Aug. 21, 2015 in Columbus, Ga. The two women are the first female soldiers to earn and wear the Ranger tab. (Robin Trimarchi/Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/TNS via Getty Images)

No. 4: Two women became the first females to graduate from the Army's prestigious Ranger School. But even though they graduated, they're not allowed to join the Rangers or serve in infantry or special operations posts because of their gender.

That didn't stop the women, who were two of 96 soldiers to complete the course. They said they wanted to succeed to open doors for other women.

"I stopped and asked at the halfway point, 'Hey, can anyone take this weight?' Shay was the only one to volunteer to take that weight. ... I probably wouldn't be sitting here right now if it wasn't for Shay," one soldier explained.

No. 3: Patricia Arquette's acceptance speech at the Oscars. When she won Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Boyhood," Arquette turned her acceptance speech into a call to action about the wage gap.

"We have fought for everyone else's equal rights. It's our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America," she said.

And solidly backing up that argument would be the 2015 Forbes' highest paid actresses list, which paints a stark contrast in salaries compared to the men's list.

Jennifer Lawrence was the highest paid actress this year, making $52 million. In comparison, Robert Downey Jr., the highest paid actor, made $80 million.

No 2.: Emma Watson announced the launch of the #HeForShe campaign during her United Nations speech in 2014.

"If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are, we can all be freer. And this is what #HeForShe is about," she said.
That speech went viral and inspired other women to start their own campaigns — most notably, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

No. 1: In March, Sandberg founded the Lean In Together campaign to help promote equality both at home and at work.

The term "Lean In" is used pretty often on social media now. It essentially means to support one another.

Tips on how men can "lean in" at home include placing equal value on chores traditionally done by boys versus those done by girls. Another tip: Don't tell your son to "man up" or call your daughter "bossy."

Help celebrate Women's Equality Day, and let's all "Lean In."

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