Starting from the most recent and heading backwards, here are what GRRRL Camp feels were some of the most empowering moments for girls in 2012.
1. The US Soccer Federation announced a new women’s professional league!
2. We elected a record number of women to the 113th Congress of the United States!
3. We celebrated the United Nations’ first International Day of the Girl! This special day is about highlighting, celebrating, discussing, and advancing girls’ lives and opportunities across the globe.
4. We celebrated the first ever Malala Day, in honor of the brave Pakistani girl who was shot in the head because she advocates for girls’ education.
5. Sam Gordon, 9, turned heads in an all-boy pee-wee football league after scoring 35 touchdowns and running 1,911 yards in one year. Check out herhighlight reel!
6. Gabrielle Douglas became the first African American to win the gold medalin the individual gymnastics all-around competition!
7. A 15 year old Palestinian girl, Bashaer Othman, took office as the mayor of a West Bank town, becoming the youngest person ever to hold the position.
8. Brave came out, proving to be the most empowering girl-centered Pixar movie we’ve ever seen! Of course, awesome Halloween costumes followed the movie’s release.
9. Katherine Legge brought the first all-female team to the Indy 500!
10. Elena Myers, 19, became the first woman ever to win a professional race at Daytona!
What a year for girls! What a great new list of role models! Can’t wait to see what 2013 brings.