Today, women across the world are celebrating their strength and achievements. We've come a long way, and admittedly, we've got some way to go but we can all agree that what the world needs right now, more than ever, is a little bit more love. To help spread some of those warm fuzzy feelings, we've pulled together some wonderful achievements that women have already made in 2019.
Women won more Oscars this year than ever before
This year’s Oscars saw more women taking home an award than any previous year. British actress Olivia Coleman won Best Actress for her role in “The Favourite” and her adorably sloppy but sincere acceptance speech almost deserved an Oscar of its own. 14 other women also won awards, which is a huge improvement in comparison to last year’s six.
In total, 68 women were nominated for awards (also an Oscar record) but compared to 159 male nominations, women still only made up 25% of the non-gender specific category nominees. Let’s hope next year brings even more!
More women voted to congress this year than ever before
This year a record 127 women have been voted into congress. Amongst these is Ilhan Omar, the first ever Muslim congresswomen. Seats were also won by Deb Haaland and Sharice Davies, the first Native American women voted into the house.
Ex-teacher Jahana Hayes was also Connecticut’s first black woman to be voted in and said that it was her frustration over public education that inspired her to run for office. Despite having a supremely sexist president, it seems like there is still hope for the US government.
Marvel studios release their first female superhero-led film
It’s hard to believe it’s a coincidence that International Women’s Day, March 8th, is also the release date for Marvel's first ever female superhero-led movie. The lead character, Carol Danvers, is played by Brie Larson. who hopes that the film will inspire young women to pursue their dream careers - especially aspiring pilots.
The first all-female spacewalk is scheduled for the end of March
The first woman to walk in space was Svetlana Savitskaya in 1984, but it was confirmed this week that for the first time in history, an all-female crew will conduct a NASA spacewalk. Two female astronauts, Anne McClain and Christina Koch, are set to go into space... so Houston, we do not have a problem!