Women’s Most Memorable Moments of 2018

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This year has passed, but not without highlights we will never forget. These are some of the most memorable moments:

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On January 7, 2018, Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to accept the Cecil B DeMille Award, the Golden Globes’ highest honor. She ended her rousing acceptance speech by saying, “So I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, ‘Me too,’ again. Thank you.”


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At a rally in Washington, D.C., on March 24, 2018, Emma Gonzalez, a student and shooting survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, cried as she addressed the conclusion of the “March for Our Lives” event demanding gun control after 17 people died at her school on February 14, 2018.  During her speech, Gonzalez paused in silence to help drive home the impact of the 6:20 it took for the shooter at her school to kill students and staff.



Canada’s Kelsey Serwa and Brittany Phelan celebrate their gold and silver medals during a medal presentation ceremony at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea, Friday, February 23, 2018. Also pictured is bronze medalist Fanny Smith of Switzerland.


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Meghan Markle walked down the aisle in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, on May 19, 2018, during her wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.


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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump, seated at right, during the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, on Saturday, June 9, 2018.


First lady Melania Trump wore a jacket emblazoned with the words “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” while en route to visit migrant children separated from their parents.


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Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Senator John McCain, lays her head on his casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on August 29, 2018, in Phoenix. Senator McCain passed away at his home in Cornville, Arizona, at the age of 81.



Members of the Palmer Society, a campus women’s organization, celebrate their graduation from Whittier College in California. The school—Richard Nixon’s alma mater—now ranks among the most diverse colleges in the United States, and the town of Whittier is predominantly Latino and increasingly affluent. From “How Latinos Are Shaping America’s Future,” July 2018


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A woman in Anambra West, Nigeria, walks through floodwater in front of her home. The recent floods displaced more than 200,000 according to the Red Cross.


Wakanda might be fictional, but the way the Black Panther depicted gender relations was inspirational. Now one of the highest-grossing films of all time, Black Panther had four strong female characters who led the way in war and technology, fields typically dominated by men. Nakia, played by Lupita Nyong’o, is a spy who fights injustice around the world. Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, is the tech behind the operation. Okoye, played by Danai Gurira, is the head of Dora Milaje, and is one of the best fighters of Wakanda. Ramonda, played by Angela Bassett, is the Queen Mother of Wakanda, and provides wisdom during chaos.


While accepting the award for outstanding directing in a variety special for the 2018 Oscars telecast – his 11th Emmy overall – Glenn Weiss started his speech by paying tribute to his late mother and then ended by proposing to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen, on Sept. 17, 2018.


The 2018 midterms elections delivered some memorable moments in and of itself, and among them were the historic number of women (36) added to the U.S. Congress. Democrats Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids became the Native American women elected to Congress


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Former First Lady Michelle Obama talks with a man during an appearance for her book, “Becoming,” in New York on Nov. 30, 2018. Combined hardcover, e-book and audio sales in the U.S. and Canada topped 2 million copies in the first 15 days.



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