5 times women dominated the gender equality battle this year

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)
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)
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)
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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