We’ve all been talking about Malala, Shonda, and Beyonce this year. Not to mention Lena and Mindy. We love them as much as you do. But at HelloFlo, we also want to shine the light on some girls and women who’ve gotten less attention but are still breaking barriers and doing amazing things. So without further ado, we give you our list of 10 women you may have missed this year.
1. Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser
After meeting at Girls Who Code this past summer, these two high school ladies combined their love of tech and their newfound coding knowledge to create Tampon Run, an awesome (not to mention hilarious) computer game. We’re totally obsessed!
2. The Team Behind #AerieReal
Earlier this year, lingerie subsidiary Aerie announced that it would no longer be photoshopping the models used in its campaigns, calling the project #AerieReal. Since Aerie’s products target a younger demographic, this is a big step for the lingerie industry. Even more impressive: Aerie announced that its sales went up after the company halted photoshopping!
3. Christie Rampone
We read Christie Rampone’s story and our jaws dropped to the floor: This 39 year-old mother of two is an Olympic gold medalist and captain of the U.S. soccer team. And get this: She just became only the second person in soccer history to play 300 times for her country, and she’s the only active player to do so. You go, girl!
4. The Women Behind Saudi Women Driving
These women take the word “brave” to a whole new level: This past year, a group called for women in Saudi Arabia to take control of their lives and start driving (which is currently against the law in the country). They even started a blog to discuss what they’re doing and why.
5. Sampat Pal Devi
Sampat Pal Devi founded the Gulabi Gang, an inspiring women’s empowerment organization in northern India. The “Pink” Gang (as the word “gulabi” translates to) stands for justice for women, and their uniform is just as inspiring: Members of the group wear pink saris and hold bamboo sticks.
6. Annie E. Clark and Andrea Pino
Another inspiring pair, Annie E. Clark and Andrea Pino founded End Rape on Campus, an organization dedicated to helping stop sexual assault on college campuses. Additionally, the two were some of the first people to file Title IX complaints in the past couple of years as a means of raising awareness of sexual assault at college.
7. Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
These two besties who no longer share the same geography invite us into their weekly catch-up phone call, where they deftly cover every issue that any young woman might care about. From Beyonce and menstruation to race and politics, no topic is off limits.
8. Glynnis MacNicol
From exposing the real problem of burnout to wondering why the Princess Leia dolls of her childhood have disappeared from the toy shelves to forging a childless path. Glynnis has had her finger on the pulse of the modern woman and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.
9. Rachel Simmons
Simmons’ article on The Secret Language of Girls on Instagram was all over our Facebook newsfeeds this year. But many people don’t know that she’s more than an insightful writer; she’s also the co-founder of Girls Leadership Insititute which runs programs all over the US to teach girls critical relationship and leadership skills.
10. Abbie Jacobson and Illana Glazer
This dynamic duo write and star in their hit Comedy Central show together and we love how they celebrate their friendship on-screen and off-screen. Working together with the help of executive producer Amy Poehler, the show is run by a powerhouse team of women. We can’t wait to see what happens on season 2!