2020 has been one of the craziest years. With the pandemic, protests, climate change concerns, and the election, this year has not only been challenging but also a struggle for people as they adjust to the new normal. Despite all these obstacles, however, women continue to blaze new trails over the course of this year.

1. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also known as the ‘Notorious RBG’, dedicated her whole life to fighting for equality under the law. She was a voice for the voiceless and inspired women not just in America but around the world. During her tenure as a supreme court justice, RBG voted in support of same-sex marriage and women’s ability to get an abortion.

My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 16: Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks onstage at the Fourth Annual Berggruen Prize Gala celebrating 2019 Laureate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In New York City on December 16, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Berggruen Institute )

2. Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern won her re-election by a landslide. Ardern was praised for her prompt response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While serving as prime minister, Ardern announced that she and her cabinet will take a 20% cut because of the pandemic. She has single-handedly changed the way we look at leadership, through her actions, strength, and compassion. She is truly a real-strong woman!

“Do you want to be a leader that looks back in time and say that you were on the wrong side of the argument when the world was crying out for a solution?”

Jacinda Ardern- World Economic Forum
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – JUNE 08: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media during a post cabinet press conference at Parliament (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

3. Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams and grassroots organizations across Georgia helped register more than 800,000 voters since 2018. Georgia hadn’t turned blue in nearly three decades and it’s all thanks to Abrams and other black women. She has raised nearly $6 million for the upcoming Georgia senate runoff.

“We can do this together, because while individually you have purpose, together we have power”

Stacey Abrams- Founder, Fair Fight Action
Stacey Abrams speaks at a Get Out the Vote rally with former US President Barack Obama as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on November 2, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by ELIJAH NOUVELAGE/AFP via Getty Images)

4. Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris made history as the first black and south Asian American woman to be elected as Vice President of the United States. This was not only a historical moment for America but it also changed the face of American politics. Harris is an inspiration for women all over the world.

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last”

Kamala Harris, Vice President-elect victory speech
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 13: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) attends a post-midterm election meeting of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in the Kennedy Caucus Room at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

5. KK Shailaja

Kerala’s health minister KK Shailaja was praised for her quick response to COVID-19. With a population of about 35 million, Kerala reported only 4 deaths back in May. Shailja met with her emergency response team after COVID-19 started to rapidly spread in China.

“No one with the coronavirus should die because of our lack of care. That was our thinking”

KK Shailaja

6. Lizzo

Lizzo took over Tik Tok by her portrayal of encouraging body positivity. The Grammy winner has clapped back numerous times at people who have criticized her body on social media. Her song “Good as hell” is all about self-confidence and self-love. We love an unapologetic queen!!

“Health is not just determined by what you look like on the outside. Health is also what happens on the inside”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -: Lizzo performs during her ‘Cuz I Love You Too Tour’ at Radio City Music Hall on September 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

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