"I know who I am. I am not perfect. I'm not the most beautiful woman in the world. But I'm one of them." - Mary J. Blige
Gone are the days when the birth of a girl was a matter of disgrace; when people didn't want to have a girl child as it could increase their expenses. The times have changed, and so have the women.
In the past, if a man used to trouble a woman, she used to stay mum, but now, she speaks up and that too in a manner that it creates an impact.
Here are some instances from 2017, where women broke the stereotypical mentality with their bold approach:
In September this year, a girl from Banaras Hindu University was molested by two unknown people when she was returning to her hostel. As the news spread, students gathered in her support and created a chakka jam by blocking the entry to the campus for a few hours. According to The Hindu, a large number of girls were sitting on a dharna for two days after the incident.
A Punjabi bride's wedding outfit took the Internet by storm, this year. Unlike the brides who love wearing a designer lehenga, this one wore Nike shorts in her wedding.
According to Mid-Day report, she was fully adorned with beautiful jewellery, she even wore the bridal choli with embroidered dupatta, but instead of a lehenga, she wore a pair of shorts.
According to BCC, in August, a 29-year-old woman alleged that she was followed by Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala's son Vikas Barala and his friend. Soon after the incident, BJP state vice-president Ramveer Bhatti, told News18, "The girl should not have gone out at 12 am in the night. Why was she driving so late in the night? The atmosphere is not right. We need to take care of ourselves."
This act of victim shaming led to a social media campaign #AintNoCinderella, where the women posted photographs of themselves enjoying a night out on social media.
In order to decrease sexual harassment, a government-run polytechnic college in Mumbai decided to segregate its students on the basis of gender. They even created two sections in the canteen using ropes.
"I have heard theories on why girls suffer from PCOD (Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease) at an early age. When they dress like men, they start thinking or behaving like them," said Principal Swati Deshpande.
To make this college principal understand that there is no connection between PCOD and women's dresses, a hashtag #DressLikeAnIndianWoman was started.
A 24-year-old law student Raya Sarkar, after talking to her fellow students about their experiences of being sexually harassed, compiled a list of 50 Indian professors, who have been accused of sexual harassment.
"I wanted to make my friends and friends of friends aware and wary of different sexual predators - based on first-hand testimonies," Raya Sarkar told BBC Trending. "I put the list out to make students safe."
After the sexual assault of a popular Malayalam female actor, whose identity cannot be revealed, prominent women from the industry like Majnu Warrier came together and formed the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC).
"We know what we are up against. But we strongly feel that enough is enough. There should be corrective measures in place to ensure that gender sensitivity prevails. Casting couch is a reality here. Unless we bring our workplaces into an institutionalised system, this harassment will never end. This is our objective," Vidhu Vincent, an award-winning director and a prominent member of the WCC told Hindustan Times.
Faye D'Souza, a news anchor with Mirror Now, during a panel discussion on 'How women have been time and again denied their freedom', was asked by a Maulana to come to her workplace in her underwear, if she wanted to be treated equally. "Maulana ji threatened me to show up to my workplace wearing underwear because I want to be equal to men," she said, after asking the panel to hold silence for 2 minutes.
According to Indian Express, she then added, "Let me tell you Maulana ji, aap jaise maine bahot dekhe hai…I am not afraid of you, I am not threatened by you and most importantly, I am not rattled by you."
Priyanka Chopra was trolled for wearing a short dress when she went to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin. But the Indian actor did not sob over it, instead, the 34-year-old star hit back at the crowd by posting a photograph showing her and her mother wearing short dresses with the caption "legs for days.... #itsthegenes".
Supriya Joshi, an All India Bakchod team member, was tagged in not-so-funny memes that fat-shamed her. As a response, she retweeted the meme and wrote "Hi guys, want to take a quick moment to address these memes I have been getting tagged on recently," and showed the body-shamers their right place.
She created a thread and posted her views on such body-shamers. She ended the thread with, "Before I end this thread, I just want to say something I say at the end of every Insta live I do: You are beautiful & have no physical flaws."
Kangana Ranaut's interview on Aap Ki Adalat created a huge buzz on the Internet when she made revelations about her relationship with Hrithik Roshan. The Queen actor spoke her heart out, about what she went through when her personal life was made public by the Roshans.
Indian women's cricket team skipper Mithali Raj was asked by the media about her favourite male cricketer. On this, she said, "Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is? I have always been asked who's your favourite cricketer but you should ask them who their favourite female cricketer is."
In September, All India Bakchod released its version of a Bollywood dance number, "The Bollywood Diva Song" which featured Kangana Ranaut.
If you haven't seen the video, you must. RIGHT NOW!
I hope now you know how wonderful and fearful women have been in 2017. I hope you liked the story.
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