In her now viral list cataloging how awesome 2013 was for feminists, writer and editor Elizabeth Plank analyzes a year where women, from Hollywood to Capitol Hill to New Delhi, stood up for their rights. Even better, women and girls around the world used the Internet to amplify their voice, giving the world no option but to listen & see what women’s rights advocates have always said- feminism is important & cool.
For myself and my blog Anushay’s Point, 2013 was an extremely liberating year which reminded me that every feminist needs to regularly keep their freedom and power in check. This was the year I left my day job after almost a decade, and instead of going to work for another brand, I followed my fate and invested in myself. I went full-time with my writing, and after 33 years, I finally became the writer I always wanted to be.
In other awesome developments, Anushay’s Point got a new logo, the website got an upgrade, and I became a reporter for The Shriver Report, a site especially for stories from the front-lines of women’s lives. After an amazing year co-hosting “The Stream” on Al-Jazeera English (AJE), I finally made my US TV debut on PBS’ iconic feminist show, To The Contrary, becoming an official panelist with so many women I worship (hello, Hillary Clinton!).
This year, I also returned to my original high-school journalism roots, and became the Online Editor for ClickIttefaq, the English-online version of Bangladesh’s iconic national newspaper, The Daily Ittefaq.
I cannot believe the year is over, and we’re moving onto 2014. I love the new year because it always means my birthday is just a week away. Next year in addition to cake, I am looking forward to making my blog stronger and better, all while taking the message of investing in women and girls, our rights and our future, to as many new platforms and places as possible.
I am going to need to believe in myself, but more than anything dear amazing readers, I am going to need YOU. None of this would have been possible without your support of my work. Please keep reading my writing, and sharing your stories with me. Wishing you and yours a joyous Christmas, whether you celebrate or not, and a wonderful New Year!