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2020 was a year full of many trials: a global pandemic, fighting for the BLM movement, an election and so much more. But throughout all of the trials, it was still a year full of many strong women. These women did so much, from fighting for equal rights, caring for people suffering from COVID-19, working on the frontlines, providing hope for those who felt like they were lost, and acting as role models for a younger generation of girls. In a year of darkness, these women were able to spark hope.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

In 2020, Ruth Bader Ginsberg passed away after serving for 27 years as a Supreme Court justice. Ruth Bader Ginsberg — otherwise known as RBG — was only the second woman on the Supreme Court. She used her career to fight for women's rights such as access to education, equal pay, protecting pregnant women and so much more. In 2020, women and men across the nation honored her after she passed and remembered all she did for the United States.

Taylor Swift

In 2020, Taylor Swift took the music industry by storm as she released not just one but two surprise albums. She provided people joy in the midst of the storm that was 2020. Through the release of her new indie-pop albums, she used her lyrics to express stories of her past, her grandparents, her relationships, and of people she's never met. 

Kamala Harris 

Kamala Harris shaped history in 2020 when she became the first female Vice President-elect. She broke down walls and showed little girls across the world that they are capable of achieving their dreams. Kamala Harris has offered the nation hope for a new future, and offered women across the nation hope for leadership, power and equality. 

Chrissy Teigen 

Throughout 2020, the world shared many things — one of those things was Chrissy Teigen's banana bread recipe. People across the nation were trying her recipes and bonding over baking. This provided the world with a sense of normalcy in trying times. In 2020, Chrissy Teigen miscarried her third child; she shared her grief with the world through a set of heartbreaking images of her loss. This brought light to the reality of miscarriages and gave many women an outlet to heal through sharing their experiences. 

Female Frontline Workers

In 2020, we learned that our most valuable heroes are the ones who serve us every single day, whether they are a grocery store clerk, food industry worker, nurse, doctor, or anyone else that puts themselves in harm's way for the benefit of others. Many of these women worked long shifts with the chance of exposure to COVID-19, and through this put the needs of others above their own. They acted out of bravery and kindness while serving those around them.

As we remember 2020, it's important to remember and honor the women that shaped the year. This is just a small group of women who changed people's lives in 2020, but as we enter 2021, we need to remember to be grateful for the women that offer joy, bravery, kindness and love to others around them.

Hi there, my name is Alee Judge and I am a writer for HerCampus UCF! I am currently a junior at the University of Central Florida majoring in health sciences. While my heart is in the healthcare industry I still have a passion for writing and I love writing for HCUCF. Some of my interests include traveling, reading, shopping, and finding new restaurants/things to do in Orlando!
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