As much as 2015 has been a great year for women when it comes to entertainment and equality – there were still some moments that made us want to bang our head against the wall, so we can’t imagine how these women themselves felt…
Here are the top six.
1. Jennifer Lawrence
Even A-List celebs and actresses aren’t immune to the gender pay-gap *sigh*. When some Sony emails got hacked and leaked back in 2014, nearly a year later, information about the serious gender discrimination in Hollywood was all over the news. And Jennifer Lawrence was not happy about it. She spoke out publicly about earning less than her male co-stars in American Hustle saying ‘I saw the payroll on the internet and realised every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled’.
It’s not only #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign that bought the spotlight to the discrimination towards female engineers this year. When IBM wanted to bring more diversity to their company, they launched their ‘HackAHairdryer’ to try and invite more women into the industry. As you can imagine, women engineers who were busy working on satellites and the like weren’t best pleased about being patronized.
3. Marissa Mayer
She became even more our working woman idol when Mayer became the first woman to give brith while running a Fortune 500 company. But when she announced her second pregnancy in September – two healthy twin girls on December 10th F.Y.I. – she once again only took 2 weeks maternity leave, which caused quite the controversy.
4. The U.S Women Soccer Team
The U.S Women’s National Team did their country proud this year when they beat Japan in the World Cup finals and earned the highest TV ratings for a soccer game. Ever. But they took home $33 million less than when the German men’s national team won their 2014 World Cup title – the ladies split the $2 million prize among all 23 players and their coaches and staff. Talk about a wage gap.
5. Megyn Kelly
Fox News anchor Kelly did a pretty good job earlier this year at the first Republican presidential debate. He asked all 10 of the male presidential candidates some pretty tough questions, including bringing up some of Donald Trump’s past derogatory comments about women. Trump wasn’t a fan of this though and the next day said he didn’t respect Kelly as a journalist and that her tough questions must’ve been down to her period: ‘There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out her wherever.’
6. Jessica Mendoza
Olympic gold-medal winning softball player Mendoza broke boundaries when she became the first female in-game baseball analyst for American sports channel ESPN. And while most were pretty psyched about it, the celebrations sadly didn’t last long when an Atlanta radio host, Mike Bell, wasn’t too impressed with having a woman talking baseball. He went on to tweet her a list of insults, including calling her ‘Tits McGee’. Well done Mike.