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10 Reasons To Be Thankful This Holiday Season

When reporting news of gender equality (or lack thereof), global media outlets typically focus on the negatives. This holiday season, let’s take a moment, celebrate the positives, and be thankful for forward progress.

1. Outspoken feminist celebrities like Beyoncé, Emma Watson, Amy Poehler, and Taylor Swift have helped mainstream the public conversation around gender inequities.

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c/o Tumblr

2. Since 1990, annual maternal deaths have declined by almost one half and the deaths of young children have declined from 12 million to 7.6 million in 2010.

c/o Unicef
c/o Unicef

3. Lammily (a.k.a. Normal Barbie) is challenging beauty norms and empowering young girls to embrace their individuality.

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c/o Lammily

4. Street harassment is no longer an ignored injustice.

art by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
art by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

5. Malala won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, proving once again that she is a BOSS.

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6. Millennials are closing the wage gap between men and women.

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 7. Women know how to give incredible TED talks.

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8. Women around the world joined together to protest and raise awareness about sexual assault on college campuses.

c/o New York Daily News
c/o New York Daily News

9. Elsa and Anna shattered the typical damsel-in-distress female stereotypes (not to mention box office records) in Disney’s ‘Frozen’ and have since become the new faces of female heroism for young girls.

c/o Disney
c/o Disney

10. These holiday gifts exist:

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c/o WickedClothes.com

Happy holidays!

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Elisabeth Epstein

Hi everyone! I recently earned my Master’s degree in International Development from The New School in New York City in May 2012. With a concentration in International Development and Global Health, I have worked behind the scenes as a Research Intern for the PBS documentary Half the Sky in addition to serving as the Research and Advocacy Intern for The Hunger Project. Globally, I have taught English to kindergartners in China, have researched clean water and HIV/AIDS in Kenya, and have gained first-hand experience understanding how migrants and refugees deal with public health issues in both Mexico and Thailand. I am especially interested in food security, nutrition and hunger and the role of women and girls in each of these issues. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my ever-so-fluffy Siberian Husky, eating delicious food, training for marathons and traveling. Follow me on Twitter @E_Epstein!

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