Away with you 2016. We're done, done, done. Through all of the terrible times we have suffered through this year, women of color again and again have stood up for injustices. They said something, they created something, they took part in history.
These women among many more used their platforms for an intersectional feminist purpose:
1. Michelle Obama
Obama gave a POWERFUL and poignant speech, campaigning for Hillary Clinton. She used the opportunity to speak up against Donald Trump's history with women and took a strong stance against rape culture. "This is not politics as usual, this is disgraceful, it is intolerable." When they go low, Obama always goes higher. "Now is the time to say enough is enough."
2. Ava DuVernay
This was the year that Ava DuVernay took women of color film makers to the next level. This year, DuVernay became the first series creator and show runner to hire seven women directors of various backgrounds, five of who had never directed episodic television. Her show, Queen Sugar, is already getting praise for taking something we've seen before, and giving it new, exceptional life.
Beyonce gave us Lemonade, a powerful Super Bowl performance, and got us in #Formation this year. The importance of Beyonce's complete works this year, is still being examined, because it was just that complete. She covered everything from black female identity to rationalized violence and by doing so, she took her platform and made lemonade with it.
4. Prisca Dorcas
Founder of Latina Rebels, makes her life about empowering young brown Latinx girls just like her. She has written several powerful essays this year including, Dear Woke Brown Girl and I Am Not Better Than My Mami. Dorcas work helps to legitimize the spaces and identities that brown girls take up daily.
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5. You and Us.
Every time you took up space, every time you stood up for an injustice, every time you lived through the days of this historic horrible year with joy, tears, or even anger, you were an important part of the intersectional feminist fight.
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