2016 was an eventful year but let’s just say that if there was a Best Year Award, 2016 wouldn’t even be close to winning it. That said, the year has been a good one when it comes to women redefining themselves. While many changed how quintessential Indian women have been seen, others stood their ground and fought for equality. 

From Saloni Chopra’s beautiful and empowering photo series to Arshiya Bagwan’s bold move to fight against the antique law of triple talaq, the year was replete with female-positive stories. 

Many women forayed into uncharted territories and inspired us. Others used art to speak up about injustices and everyday casual sexism. All in all, we’d say that we might have a long way to go still, but this year was pretty freaking great for women. 

Here are some of the stories that made us proud: 

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You can see Saloni’s photo series here and here.  

Read how Jwala gutta dealt with internet trolls here

You can watch the fun video here.

Watch Anam pull off some crazy stunts here. 

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For chai-walli’s story, click here.  

For more of Priya’s epic comebacks, click here.  

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Read her story of resolve and determination here

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 See the badass video here.

Read the awe-inspiring story here.  

 In case you missed out on this story, you can read it here

Read the story of how she schooled them naysayers.

Read the ‘Dogs before men’ story here.

If you missed out on the story, click here

 You can read the full story here

Read her epic response here

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Read the story of this badass woman here

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Read Sandy’s inspiring story here.

 If you somehow missed out on her amazing illustrations, we suggest you click here. 

Read the story of how Kalawati achieved the impossible here. 

If you have missed out on her inspiring story, do click here.

2016 was definitely a better result yielding year. But there are still many more milestones to touch, many hurdles to cross and many more obstacles to overcome. 

Till then, here’s celebrating womanhood!