Inspirational moments that made us proud to be women in 2013

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The people, interviews and reactions that made us want to high five the world in 2013...

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Let's face it, 2013 has been dominated by the type of anti-feminist and sexist stories that make us want to punch a wall, scream in frustration and become a politician all at the same time. But peering out from behind Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines were these adverts, videos and quotes that made us smile.

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.

Jane Austen on the new £10 note

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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.

Tour de France 2013

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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.

Beyoncé and Oprah Winfrey

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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.

Ruby Great British Bake Off

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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.

Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling interview

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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.

Natalie Portman in Christian Dior AW13 at New York Ballet Gala

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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.

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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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