With the new year approaching, I thought it’d be nice to gather some significant events this year that relate to us girls. There is a woman-minded movement growing rapidly and 2016 proved to be a historic year in recent memory of girls starting to take the spotlight.

  1. Jan 5 Colombo’s Gemology Institute certifies world’s largest ever blue star sapphire at 1404.49 carats, found in a Sri Lankan mine
    • Eh hem. That’s worth 300 million dollars. I’m sure this is like, the geologist once-in-a-lifetime lottery of gem finding. May I get some earrings please?
  2. Jan 15 First ever flower grown in space – a zinnia aboard the International Space Station using NASA Veggie system
    • Who knew?! This is a big deal, especially if we are working towards the ability to live in space. Remember, the Martian was still science fiction.
  3. Feb 15 58th Grammy Awards: Best Album “1989” by Taylor Swift
    • Among many of Taylor Swift’s awards; but she is still killing it with continually outdoing herself from one album to the next. Oh, and she is so badass that she decided, “No, I don’t want to be available for free on Spotify“, and is still making racks.
  4. Mar 1 Forbes Richest List released, Alice Walton, No. 13 with $35 billion net worth
    • Yes, the other 12 above her are all men. And yes, she is a descendant of the evil empire, Walmart, whom she owes her wealth to her father; but ladies, we have a lot of work to do.
  5. Apr 5 San Francisco becomes the first US city to mandate paid parental leave
    • Women’s rights are still having a hard time being recognized in 2016. Did you realize your biological purpose wasn’t recognized by the labor force? Now you know.
  6. Apr 23 Beyoncé releases her 6th album “Lemonade” with a 1 hour film on HBO
    • Beyonce made a film. Who actually watched it? If you’re about free stuff, we stumbled across this link here. But this visual album was something no artist may have ever tried before. Her humbling artistry and powerful messages mixed with the #slay type of attitude we love, made for an unforgettable musical moment in 2016.
  7. Jun 20 Rome elects its first female Mayor Virginia Raggi (Five Star Movement) and its youngest at 37
    • Countries around the world are experiencing “first-time woman” in a major role. That’s impressive, but also astonishing that as women, it is still difficult to obtain the role that is assumed men should fill. Could you do that?
  8. Jul 9 123rd Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Serena Williams beats Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3, equalling Steffi Graf’s 22 grand slam singles titles
    • Serena (also featured in Beyonce’s “Lemonade”) is one badass betch. This girl could do more squats than all y’all girlfriends combined. She has dominated her sport and become a master of her craft. Definitely inspiring and reminding us that lady curves are sexy AF.
  9. Jul 29 Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for US President at Democratic convention in Philadelphia – first woman by a major US party
    • Ladies, on the real, the United States of America, had its first woman to be nominated for president and almost make it. HUGE, in the name of history of women’s rights and the future of the woman image in not only politics, but every aspect of our growing legitimacy in roles that are usually occupied by men. Keep slayin it.
  10. Jul 31 Yuriko Koike is the first woman to be elected Tokyo Governor
    • There were many firsts this year for women in political roles. I believe this has the power to spread the vibes to other women they are leading and hopefully keep pushing other girls to really live to their fullest.
  11. Aug 31 Brazilian Senate votes to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, removing her from office
    • Okay, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. I guess goes to show there’s still some sketchy betches out there we all gotta watch out for. Essentially, she couldn’t handle her money. So ladies, let’s get our finances under control and stay honest, TBH.
  12. Oct 10 Actress Shailene Woodley arrested for trespassing while protesting against proposed Dakota Access Pipeline
    • Last but not least to round out this year, let’s touch on the pipeline and probably one of the most successful protests lead in America in 2016. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe stood against the government and relentlessly fought for their land and their right to not have the Man ruin the gorgeous land they call home. This may have just regained my confidence in humanity. #NoDAPL

#becausegirls