12 Biggest Wins for Women in 2012

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elizabeth warren sandra fluke election 2012There's no arguing that 2012 was a year filled with passion. There was much to get fired up about this year -- for better or worse. Thankfully, at least for women, fighting the good fight -- whether at the polls or the Olympic Games -- truly ended up paying off. And ensuring that we're all better off.

Here, 12 of the biggest wins for women in 2012 ...

  1. Susan G. Komen Foundation pledged to continue to fund Planned Parenthood. Back in February, the organization apologized for saying they had decided to defund Planned Parenthood and reversed their decision. In turn, many women could continue to rely on Planned Parenthood for important preventative health services, including breast cancer screenings.
  2. Sandra Fluke went head-to-head with Rush Limbaugh. And stood up for any woman who has ever been outrageously slut-shamed for speaking her mind.
  3. The Affordable Care Act made co-pays for birth control a thing of the past. Beginning August 1, private insurance companies had to start providing contraception without co-pay! The rule applies to a bevy of other preventative women's health services, including well-woman visits, mammograms, gestational diabetes screening, HPV DNA testing for women 30+, STI screening (including HIV), breastfeeding support/supplies/counseling, and domestic violence counseling. Yippee!
  4. We rocked the Olympics. Not only were there more female athletes at the London Games than at any other in history, but we dominated the U.S. team in every way. More women than men made the U.S. team and won far more gold medals than men. By the time the US hit its grand total of 46 gold medals at the Games (more than any other nation), women had won 29 of them. Awesome.
  5. 10-11-12. This day marked the world's first United Nations International Day of the Girl.
  6. The speech every woman should hear. Prime Minister Gillard of Australia's speech on the floor of the Australian House of Representatives called out misogyny in politics and, in turn, reverberated 'round the world.
  7. Women were elected in record numbers to Congress. The new Congress will have the largest number of incoming female House members since 1992, and a record 28 women of color altogether, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers.
  8. Females elected to the Senate set a new record. Even with the retirements of Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), women gained ground in the U.S. Senate, expanding their ranks from 17 members to 20, which is a new record!
  9. Male candidates who campaigned on controversial, extreme remarks about rape and abortion LOST big. In issouri, Claire McCaskill defeated challenger Representative Todd Akin, Mr. Legitimate Rape himself, while, in Indiana, Democratic Representative Joe Donnelly defeated Richard Mourdock, who said pregnancies from rape are something “God intended.”
  10. Tammy Baldwin (D-Indiana) won a Senate seat. In defeating the legendary Tommy Thompson, Baldwin -- the first openly gay woman elected to Senate -- enjoyed a historic victory.
  11. The first female combat veterans were elected to Congress. Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) will both head to Congress in 2013 and make history for women.
  12. President Obama won re-election. The president's re-election ensured women will have four more years of a commander-in-chief who believes we are "not an interest group," that we are "mothers and daughters, and sisters and wives ... half of this country," and perfectly capable of making our own choices about our health.

What do you think was the biggest win for women this year?


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bills... billsfan1104

bwahhahahahahahahahahahahahaahha.  Women lost.  You will see. 

PonyC... PonyChaser

Don't even bother, Bills. This article is so full of tripe, I don't even know where to start.

Torra... TorranceMom

@bills & @ Pony

What did we expect? This article was written by Obama & Unplanned Parenthood's fan club president.

bills... billsfan1104

BTW, Sandra Fluke didn't go head to head with Rush. She his behind the liberal media and the President.

SKDMo... SKDMom1020

Sigh. Women were "used" by the left to gain votes.

Bloom... Bloomie79

Yes yes we all get that you don't like Obama, Sandra fluke, or Planned Parenthood. How about instead of pissing and moaning you add in your own choices for biggest wins for women. Like it or not everything on this list is arguably an archivement for women this year.

nonmember avatar Truth Teller

Why don't you whiners go to another website if you don't like what you read here? You complain and bash everything. Not one of you ever contributes anything positive or constructive. Non-stop complaining and bitching, not to debate or change the minds of others, but for the five people who already agreed with you in the first place. It must be a drain on the spirit to constantly be so bitter and to hate other women so much.

MrsYo... MrsYoung1287

So susan g komen caving in to planned parenthoods bullying is win to women? What does planned parenthood exactly do to help fight breast cancer besides showing women how to do self breast exams which you could easily find on the internet? Do they give mammograms? No. Do they do any testing besides what i just said? No. Then why are they getting money from them? sandra fluke is 30 year old collage student who wants us to pay for her birth control. Obama voted NO on the born alive act, go do some research on what that is and then tell me hes a good person. I don't care what side of the fence your on, not giving babies who survived induced abortins medical care ( Believe me there are or there wouldn't been a law for it) is so vile and wrong it makes me sick. It looks like a step back from humanity to me.

nonmember avatar mt613

Abortion is NOT healthcare.

nonmember avatar Mom2b

Maressa, Good article. This was truly a winning year for women. Right on, Truth Teller! I KNEW they would be here when I read the article title and who the author was. Its a shame. This site would be so much more enjoyable without the constant haters.

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