Top 2015 #Empoweristas Break Barriers


From our 1st African-American female Sportsperson of the Year to the Hollywood gender gap becoming a mainstream issue, 2015 was a big year for women! In my latest #empowerista video segment for HerDaily, we celebrate the top 10 Empoweristas of the year breaking norms, records and barriers:

#Empowerista: 2015's Top Empoweristas Break... by herdaily

1) Jennifer Lawrence spoke out against the Hollywood pay gap after discovering Amy Adams and she made less than their American Hustle male co-stars via the Sony hack. Statistics say this gender pay gap in Hollywood and most industries is extremely common. Because of J-Law more people are talking about it.2) Amy Schumer hit the big screen and the A-list with Trainwreck -- making more than $30 million in its opening weekend. The creator/writer/producer/comedienne of Inside Amy Schumer is known for her sketches with empowering messages for females.

3) How to Get Away with Murder actress, Viola Davis, became the 1st African-American woman to win an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. She gave a moving acceptance speech saying the only thing that separates women of color is "opportunity."

4) Serena Williams became the 1st African-American woman to be named Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year. Not only did she have a superb year on the court, off the court she made numerous appearances, including in the Pirelli calendar, on the cover of Vogue and in New York Fashion Week.

5) When the U.S. women's soccer team won the FIFA world cup, FOX Sports reported the match was the most watched soccer game in U.S. television history. Yes, even more than any men's game. Wow!

6) Jen Welter became the 1st female NFL coach. She held the title of assistant coaching intern for the Arizona Cardinals. Unfortunately her position has since ended, but she hopes more women will now get similar opportunities.

7) Malala Yousafzai continues her fight for girls' education around the world. A documentary about her brave journey hit theaters in October. And this past summer, she opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon.

8) Hillary Clinton became the democratic front-runner in the presidential race, proving women can make major waves in politics.

9) Caitlyn Jenner bravely navigated gender transitioning in the spotlight. Through her reality show, I Am Cait, she gave numerous trans people a platform to share their story.

10) 25 vocalist, Adele, sold more albums in one week than any other artist, taking away *NSYNC's previously held title.