16 Bad-Ass Females Who Kicked Serious Butt in 2016

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Gone are the days of feminism being resigned to not shaving and burning bras (though, if that’s what floats your boat, fine by us!) — the new feminism embraces the old aesthetic and combines it with whatever the hell you want to be, do, or become, whether it’s creating a chart-topping pop album, being a curvalicious swimsuit model, or an outspoken, unapologetic advocate. That’s what is so awesome about living in our country in this day and age — realizing who you are is a process, but it doesn’t have to be a long one, as the younger stars on this list prove.

From Beyonce to Jennifer Lawrence, we’ve compiled a list of the women who inspired us to move forward, to rely on ourselves, to be brave and voice our ambition, and to be undeniably awesome. 2016 was truly the Year of Badassery for Females, and we can’t wait to see what 2017 brings. Here’s our list of the women that inspired us to be extra in all that we do: