VocaLady Magazine is happy to honor the following women for their worldly contributions this year:
J.K. is back and better than ever! The Cursed Child will be the eighth story in Harry’s tale in play-format, written by Jack Thorne in collaboration with the mastermind behind it all. In the past few years, J.K.’s other stories, such as The Casual Vacancy, failed to see much positive feedback, so we’re excited to see J.K. return to the world she knows best: the wizarding world!
This year, Viola Davis became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for best actress in drama for her role in How To Get Away With Murder. Upon winning, she gave a beautiful acceptance speech on diversity in Hollywood. With Davis’s talent, we expect to see more great things from her in 2016!
This year, Jennifer Lawrence penned an important essay, detailing the wage gap in Hollywood. In it, she discusses realizing how much less she was paid than her male counterparts after the Sony hack. She urges other female actresses to fight hard and work to negotiate better wages. Keep it up, JLaw!
This year, Nicki Minaj brought awareness to disparities in the music industry between white performers and performers of color. She faced backlash when she brought this issue to the light on Twitter and again at the VMAs, but Nicki held her own and brought light not only to these disparities, but also the difference between white feminism and intersectional feminism. We can’t wait to see where you go in 2016, Nicki!
Hillary Clinton is running in the upcoming 2016 elections. She is a huge advocate for gay and women’s rights. Clinton made history the first time she ran by being the first female president to run. If she wins the upcoming primaries, she will be the first woman presidential candidate and if she wins, Clinton would be the first woman president! It’s been a long and trying race already for Mrs. Clinton, but we’re excited to see how she does in the primaries. Lets face it, it’s about time we had a woman president.
This year, Irwin competed on and won Dancing with the Stars and was named one of TIME Magazine’s Most Influential Teens of 2015. She is following in her father’s footsteps in animal rights Activism. Irwin also helps her mom run the zoo her parents founded in Australia.
Jazz is a 15 year old transgender girl who has been fighting for the rights of trans children for years. This year, her reality show I am Jazz came out, and is shedding light for the reality of trans kids today. She was also named one of TIME’s most influential teens. Keep fighting, Jazz!
Sandberg is the COO of Facebook and also the creator of Lean In. She is a huge advocate for equality and encourages men and women to work together to fight for equality. In March 2015, her website Leanin.org teamed up with the NBA and WNBA to fight for gender equality. Sandberg is a huge feminist and shows that women can be successful in the business world.
Even if you haven’t heard of Shonda Rhimes, you have definitely heard of her work. Rhimes production company, Shondaland, is responsible for creating Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to get Away with Murder. Rhimes creates award winning shows that have a talented, diverse cast. It is refreshing to see a successful woman of color thrive in the television industry. Let’s face it, Rhimes is the reason we look forward to Thursday nights.
You know her as Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter film franchise, and in 2014 Emma’s inner Hermione shone through in her inspiring and thoughtful speech to the UN about feminism and the launch of campaign HeForShe – encouraging men to educate themselves about gender equality and to recognise and understand that gender equality issues are not just something that affect women. Throughout 2015 she has continued discussing this message, speaking out about the campaign and issues within gender roles in countless interviews, as well as interviewing Malala Yousafzai at her film premiere He Named Her Malala to discuss how all girls deserve the right to an education.
Amber Rose is nothing new to the media, but has often solely been referred to as some man’s partner, rather than the feminist she has become. Amber Rose has spoken for a side of feminism that often goes unspoken. While equal pay and education remain in the limelight of feminist arguments, sexual confidence often takes the backburner. However, Rose has shed substantial light on this topic throughout the year. With her Slutwalk in the fall, as well as various interviews on shows such as the webcast Larry King Now, she has given the topic of sexual confidence the attention it deserves. Great work, Amber!
This amazing activist turned 18 this year on July 12th. That day is now dubbed Malala Day, a day dedicated to standing up for education for all children, after Malala spoke at the UN on her 16th birthday in 2013. This year, a year after she won the Nobel Peace Prize, a movie came out detailing her efforts entitled He Called Me Malala. Since Malala’s fight to secure education for girls and children as a whole, her passion has only grown, despite being targeted and nearly killed by the Taliban. Recently, she gave a powerful interview condemning Donald Trump’s comments on Muslims.