Take a look at the little moments that made us proud to be women in 2013...
1. Jane Austen's face made it onto a £5 note
35,000 people signed an online petition to encourage the Bank of England to chose Pride and Prejudice author Jane Austen. Sadly, the petition leader, Caroline Criado-Perez, was met with fiery sexist backlash on Twitter.
2. Women petition to compete in the 2014 Tour de France
A petition, led by two-time Olympic gold medallist Marianne Vos, urged Tour de France organisers to let women participate. In October, the sport announced it would not allow women, but Marianne has vowed to never back down.
3. Women take six slots on the Forbes Top Ten Most Powerful List
Oprah came top of the list for the fifth time, followed by Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Madonna and Taylor Swift. Overall women took 35 of the 100 top spots, so here's hoping for an even split next year. Read the full story.
4. GBBO finalist Ruby Tandoh fights back against sexism
Taking one of our *ahem* coveted 'Lady Hero of the Week' spots was Great British Bake Off star Ruby, who called her critics "lazy misogynists". Read the full story here.
5. The awesome GoldieBlox engineering advert
Sick of witnessing the pinkification of toys, GoldieBlox aimed to show that little girls don't just want dolls. Take a look at the video...
6. When Lena Dunham interviewed Mindy Kaling
We could explain just how awesome, hilarious and generally amazing this Lena Dunham interview was, but we think you should just read it for yourself, here.
7. Natalie Portman talks Feminism in Hollywood
The Black Swan actress never fails to give a classy and eloquent response to tricky questions. Back in October she said, "A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathise with." Read the full story.
8. Project Unbreakable
This online photo essay shows pictures of men and women holding signs with sentences said to them by their attackers either before, during or after their assault. We were inspired by the bravery of the people involved and shocked to discover the horrifying link to Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. Watch the video now...
9. Jennifer Lawrence's attitude to diet, weight and fitness
She might have been called arrogant by Joan Rivers and experienced a mortifying sex toy incident in 2013, but J-Law is still our woman of the year. Check out what she had to say about the pressure to lose weight here.
10. The woman on a mission to 'Take Back Halloween'
Suzanne Scoggins decided to use her passion for history to offer women more than just the 'sexy' Halloween costumes on offer. Her website Take Back Halloween shows free ways to dress up as famous women from history. Watch her video...
Do you have any favourite moments of 2013? Tweet us @handbagcom.
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