Women’s Achievements in 2018 (61/365)

Believe it or not, but 2018 was a really good year for women’s rights in terms of global political change.

Although there were a lot of negatives in terms of the tide pod scare, anything trump did, the Kavanaugh hearings and so much more. Let’s use this space to highlight some of the positives that the past year brought us!

Spain’s new cabinet now includes mainly women!!

Spain’s new Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez changed the game by appointing a new cabinet in which women are the majority (11/17). He described it as “pro-gender equality, cross-generational, open to the world but anchored in the European Union.”

A few decades ago Spain had no women in their cabinet, so this change was much needed. But not only are two-thirds of the cabinet women, but they’ve also beat France and Switzerland in terms of having gender equality in their cabinets.

Women in Saudi Arabia can drive legally!!

This change is monumental as Saudi Arabia is known for being quite restrictive on women, they usually can not travel without a male guardian present and have lots of other pressures put on them. With the ability to drive legally it can allow freedom of travel which is one step in the right direction.

Actresses blacked up to support the #metoo movement

2018 was a wild ride when it came to the world of Hollywood, as the culture of sexual harassment was being exposed and new perpetrators were finally facing the consequences of their actions. In order to support this, 300 actresses signed the ‘Times Up’ pledge and wore all black to showcase their stance

Eva Longoria said “This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment. For years, we’ve sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colours and our beautiful faces and our glamour. This time the industry can’t expect us to go up and twirl around. That’s not what this moment is about.”

More women were voted into the House of Representatives!!

You’d think with Trump being the President of the United States the whole country would be rioting and on their way to an apocalyptic landscape. However, in spite of the horrible policies he has put through, women are finding ways to get into the House of Representatives and really pave the way for brighter future.

Caroline Houck explained in VOX:

“In Kansas, Democrat Sharice Davids became one of the first Native American women elected to the United States legislature; New Mexico’s Deb Haaland became the other. And Congress will get not one, but two Muslim women serving for the first time ever: Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar and Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib, both of whom won by resounding margins. Democrat Ayanna Pressley will become the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in the House.”

A lot more happened, and to be honest, there’s still work to be done. 2018 changed the way we view sexual harassment and women’s rights, alongside focusing on inclusion of minorities in politics and media. Let’s hope this continues into 2019.

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