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One of the best parts of the Christmas season is all the wrapping up (no pun intended) of all the best of 2013.  The past two weeks, we've seen some pretty great compilations, but here are the ones that we think best capture the wins, losses and everything in between for women in 2013 (in no particular order, of course, because we just can't choose a favorite):

5. Bustle.com's 5 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood, 2013

Xmas main article image template layersDid you know that in 2013, only 6 of the 50 top grossing films of 2013 featured a female lead? Numbers like these offer a pretty bleak truth: however, with women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa McCarthy and Mindy Kaling taking the lead this year, our concerns are somewhat assuaged.
The title of Bustle.com's, "How Female Friendly Are The 5 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood," doesn't really do it justice.  What this compilation offers is an in-depth look at how women are influencing popular culture from the inside out.  From Nancy Dubuc (President and CEO of A&E Networks which include Bravo and Lifetime) to Dana Walden (the producer behind a plethora of hit shows like American Horror Story, Modern Family AND Homeland), this is a list of ladies that will inspire you to dream and think big.
Geena Davis Has A Simple Fix For Hollywood's Women Problem

 

4. 29 Girls Who Became Famous in 2013

In case you needed a reminder how amazing girls can be when they set their minds to something: a global compilation from towardthestars.com.


3. The Representation Project's Video, How the Media Failed Women in 2013

You thought American Horror Story was frightening? Think again.
The viral video How the Media Failed Women in 2013 (put together by the oh so fabulous team at therepresentationproject.org) will shock you to your core: but again, this title doesn't really do the collection justice. What you'll also see is a ton of female accomplishments (from Jennifer Lawrence to Katie Couric) to celebrate the year's end.
Was it enough? The video even spurred feminism discussion and debate among youth.

2. The 7 Most Inspiring Ad Campaigns of 2013

A gem from the folks at adweek.com:
With epic fails like Swiffer's Rosie the Riveter ad and Lululemon's "Some Bodies Aren't for our Pants" debacle, thank goodness some brands and organizations really get it and are working for the greater good.  Though some of these campaigns don't come without their own controversy, others definitely challenge gender stereotypes (our personal favorite is the UN women's Google Auto Complete Campaign: read more here and here).

1. The 28 Most Iconic Feminist Moments of 2013

malalaFrom politics to Hollywood, India to Texas to Pakistan, this is the most comprehensive look at the ups and downs in the feminist arena this year compliments of policymic.com.  Some noteworthy heroes worth celebrating include Malala Yousefzai, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, Zerlina Maxwell, and the always classic Gloria Steinem.

 

 

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