10 new feminist icons you should definitely follow this year

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Women have faced a minor setback in political history over the past few years but these fresh feminist icons are making strides to get gender equality back on track.

About 70 years ago, women reached a pivotal point in this intricate timeline of ours where we finally gained the same rights as men.

This included the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination; to be educated; to own property; to vote; and to earn a far and equal wage. Over the past few years however, and specifically since our 46th president took office, these rights that were established generations ago are constantly under attack. Now more than ever, we need women who are willing to not just be anchors, but beacons of hope for a more progressive and equal tomorrow.

Some of these women include politicians — ones we just recently voted into Congress last year. Others are gymnasts, actresses, directors — those who chose to be in this type of leadership role. And then there’s a normal kid who experienced a horrific day that flipped her and her classmates world around.

All of these women have different backgrounds, ethnicities, passions, and beliefs, but they all share something common, and that’s the knowledge that we as women must come together, now more than ever, to fight for our rights.

Here at Culturess, we believe that “women’s rights are human rights,” and I’m assuming and hoping that most of the population agrees with this. But we’re not going to get anywhere or make any changes without some leaders to look to. That’s where these women come in. We’re highlighting women who have truly left a mark in terms of social progress and women’s rights, and who we recommend keeping a watchful eye on as this next year goes by.

So, without further due, here are 10 new feminist icons you’ll want to follow  this year.