2015 was a monumental year for women across the globe: landmark legislative discussions, the rise of representation and triumphs for women within social spaces and business sectors, and an undeniable collective surge in the women's equality movement.
Among the sea of incredible women who graced us with the best of both worlds (boss and babe) this year, from Jennifer Lawrence's Hollywood takeover to Serena Williams' court dominance, we chose five women who embodied what it means to be a bombshell - a force with which to be reckoned, and a being born for impact.
Senator Barb: yes. This, and every year, Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski is a woman with whom we stand proudly. President Obama awarded Mikulski with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, for her work on equal pay for women, science research and funding, health care and college affordability. Senator Mikulski is the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress (of all-time, all. time.), and this year announced that she will be retiring after 30 years of public service. We aren't alone in lamenting her upcoming absence, and we stand tall with those who uphold her historic legacy.
What's a Jewel Toned 2015 WOTY list without Hillary? We don't know, and quite frankly, we don't need that kind of negativity in our headspace right now. Hillary is on the road campaigning to become the first woman President of the United States. She knows what feminism is, and "yes, absolutely," Hillary considers herself a feminist. From the podium to the campaign trail to the must-have Hillmoji app, in 2015 this bombshell went boom.
Everyone's favorite trainwreck hit the scene hard this year; from the big screen to award show podiums, Amy Schumer was VISA 2015 (everywhere you want to be). Schumer's on the list, for, well, being an overall badass and giving no f*cks. She needs no introduction, needs no external accolades, needs no approval - but that doesn't stop Glamour UK from giving her the well-deserved WOTY...
GIRLS was on a bit of a hiatus, but that didn't stop Lena Dunham from launching the wildly popular women's interest Lenny Letter with her writing partner-in-crime, Jenni Konner. The newsletter launched in September, and already features an interview repertoire for the history books... Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Jennifer Lawrence (looks, a bit, familiar #greatminds), Amy Poehler, Jenny Slate... you get the gist, and Lena gets our kudos.