It’s been a year for the history books—but it wasn’t all bad. Remember when…
1. Feminists throughout the U.S. mobilized in response to the overturn of Roe.
In every state, from red to blue, feminists took to the streets to show anti-abortion lawmakers what they thought of abortion bans—and to protest the loss of a fundamental right that women and girls have held for 50 years.
2. Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in.
Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman U.S. Supreme Court justice.
3. The Green Wave in Latin America secured major abortion wins.
The power of Latin American feminists is seemingly unstoppable, securing several landmark rulings that stand in stark contrast to the U.S. Dobbs decision.
- On Feb. 21, Colombia’s Constitutional Court legalized abortion during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy
- In April, Chile became the first country in the Americas to protect abortion rights in its Constitution.
- In 2021, the Mexican Supreme Court decriminalized abortion. As of June of this year, abortion is available on request to any woman in Mexico during the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy, or 15 weeks LMP.
4. This year’s Winter Olympics were more gender-balanced than ever before.
Though the 2022 Winter Olympics didn’t quite reach gender parity, Beijing 2022 set new records for women’s representation, going down as the most gender-balanced Olympic Games in history.
5. Midterm voters showed up for abortion rights.
6. Nevada became the 21st U.S. state to add an ERA to its state constitution.
Nevada voters decided to adopt an Equal Rights Amendment in their state constitution. Nevada’s new ERA is the first to include explicit LGBTQ+ protections.
7. Colorado voters elected a majority-women statehouse.
Colorado became the second state (Nevada was first) to elect a majority-women state legislature, with women slated to hold 51 of 100 seats in both chambers.
8. A record-high number of women of color ran for the House this year.
In total, 263 women of color ran for the House this year: 92 Republicans and 171 Democrats.
9. U.S. Women’s Soccer Team will finally receive equal pay.
The gender pay gap is as present as ever in the U.S., but the national women’s soccer team will finally receive equal pay. The deal guarantees women and men who play for the national teams will receive the same compensation opportunities—a historic feminist win.
10. Scotland passed the Period Products bill, which makes menstrual products available in public restrooms.
Scotland’s Period Products Act went into effect, making Scotland the first country in the world to offer free period products! pic.twitter.com/UMmfmHAlSO— Amnesty International USA (@amnestyusa) September 11, 2022
Period poverty remains a pressing issue in almost every country across the globe. Scotland’s passing of the Period Products bill is a historical step towards making feminine hygiene products more accessible.
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